Seismic Design of Cast-in-Place Concrete Walls

Cast-in-Place (CIP) technology for constructing building walls is more than 100 years old. Thomas Edison was one of the first to recognize its features and benefits. Over the years, new construction methods have developed including forming systems, the use of materials for enhanced insulation, and improved methods for removable forms, most commonly in single-family housing. CIP produces a very strong …

Tips to Follow when Ordering Concrete for Your Job Site

No single concrete mix design works perfectly for every applicationstatesAlan Sparkman, the executive director of the Tennessee Concrete Association. He adds “Some basic knowledge and good communication with your supplier will help you get the perfect mix for each job.” Ordering mistakes can be costly, potentially reducing your revenue and delaying project completion. You risk your reputation if you order …

Learn the Difference Between Interior and Exterior Concrete Prep

When mixing concrete, the goal is to achieve a product that has superior durability and maximum strength. Mixing the bags of concrete is not a difficult process, and when it is done properly it should last a lifetime. The trick is to get the exact ratio of mix and water, along with any additives, to ensure the concrete has the …

The Effect of Temperature on Concrete Pours

Concrete and cement are two different things. Water, aggregate, and cement make concrete. Aggregate is typically rock, gravel or sand depending on the desired use of the concrete. Cement binds the water and aggregate together through the hydration process, a chemical reaction forming the durable solid we know as concrete. Making cement starts by mixing finely ground limestone and clay, …

Best Concrete Curing System

  The curing or setting of concrete is an often misunderstood process. As concrete is wet when it is mixed and poured, many believe curing is a drying process that strengthens and sets the mixture in place. However, maintaining adequate moisture levels during the curing process is essential, with premature drying often leading to unwanted cracking. The curing of concrete …

Concrete vs Steel

High-rise buildings dominate the skylines of our cities, and in the race to have the highest or the most modern, the boundaries of architectural engineering are pushed even further. The materials that make this possible – concrete and steel, each have their strengths and weaknesses. So, which is the better material? Safety Considerations Concrete The concrete industry has always maintained …

Properties of Reinforced Concrete

Reinforced concrete refers to concrete that has reinforcements embedded inside. These reinforcements are necessary because concrete cannot withstand tension and shear stresses encountered in the everyday operation of the structure. Environmental factors such as strong winds may cause large vibrations of a concrete structure and possible damage if it does not have reinforcement material inside. Although concrete has existed for …

Advantages and Disadvantages of Reinforced Concrete

Reinforced concrete is a popular material to help ensure your structure will remain strong and durable for many years. It’s made from relatively inexpensive materials, easy to pour into shapes and it’s extremely strong. It’s lighter than it looks, about a third as dense as steel and only slightly denser than glass. Although it’s extraordinarily strong in compression ratings, it …

Tremie Underwater Concrete Method

A cement tremie is a large, telescoping funnel used to precisely deposit aggregate mixtures on underwater surfaces. There are several reasons why concrete might need to be applied underwater. For example, subaqueous foundation and tunnel repair where surrounding water cannot be removed. Although there are various methods for applying concrete underwater, the tremie underwater concreting method is among the best …

Types of Concrete Foundations

For a vast number of people, the construction industry is almost a complete mystery. Even if you walk by construction sites every day of your life, the chances are if you haven’t worked in construction – or don’t know someone who has – the whole thing will remain a closed book. However, the world of construction is a fascinating place, …