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Understanding Reinforced Concrete and Its Versatile Uses and Advantages

27 September 2021

The construction industry utilises a lot of building materials in carrying out its vital activities. One of the building materials that the industry maximise is the reinforced concrete.

Reinforced concrete is a mixture of traditional cement concrete and steel bars, which serves as reinforcements for the entire building material. The compressive strength of the cement concrete alongside the tensile strength of the steel bars allows the building material to be effective in resisting various types of loads. It is important, however, that the building material is created properly so it can be functional. Otherwise, it might generate tons of issues on specific construction projects.

The integration of reinforced concrete into projects started in the 19th century. And due to the benefits associated with the building material, it remains to be a key part of the construction industry today.

Primary Advantages of Reinforced Concrete

With all the qualities associated with the mixture of traditional cement concrete and steel bars, reinforced concrete can certainly provide unique advantages to the construction industry. 

One of the core advantages of reinforced concrete is that it has excellent tensile strength. The tensile strength of the material allows it to be very capable of handling heavy load and extreme tension. Accompanying the tensile strength of the reinforced concrete is its durability. Unlike other building materials, reinforced concrete can easily withstand the effects of rainfall and other sources of moisture due to its low permeability. This specific quality also allows the material to resist chemicals.

Aside from moisture and chemicals, reinforced concrete can likewise resist heat for long hours. Buildings and projects that rely heavily on reinforced concrete are known to withstand heat for around 2 to 6 hours, ensuring that any fire incidents can still be resolved urgently. Even the movement of the ground does not generate dire effects on the reinforced concrete.

Ultimately, reinforced concrete is economical and versatile. This building material can last for a long time and is being distributed around the world, which makes it economical. The versatility of the material can be attributed to its ability to form various shapes, sizes, and forms.

Known Applications of Reinforced Concrete

All the known advantages of reinforced concrete allow them to be useful in a lot of applications.

For one, the durability of the reinforced concrete makes it very useful in underwater and submerged applications such as building structures, canals, dams, pipelines, and waterfront structures. Its heat resistance, furthermore, makes the building material suitable for generating chimneys, towers, and building structures that are intended for blast applications.

Other known applications of reinforced concrete include hydro-power tunnels, irrigation canals, drains, foundations of buildings, rooftops, and other similar structures. They all share the same durability, versatility, durability, and adaptability of the reinforced concrete.

To know more about reinforced concrete, you can contact us at Fairdinkum Technical Services. We are a boutique organisation with operation centres located in New South Wales and Queensland, with over 35 years of experience in engineering design and construction, providing technical engineering design.

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