Shotcrete is a placement method of concrete. It is not a type of concrete itself, but a method that throws concrete at a high velocity toward a target surface. Like other innovative concrete technologies, such as foam concrete, shotcrete has a number of advantages and is an ideal concrete solution in a variety of situations. The high velocity placement creates an excellent bond with the target surface, reducing or eliminating the need for supporting formwork. This allows for a flexible, fast, and strong placement option for concrete construction. Here are a few popular uses for shotcrete.
Irregular shapes in new construction
With shotcrete, walls and structures in new construction can take nearly any shape desired that are still structurally sound. This can include curved walls in a new auditorium, innovative irregular shapes, or even the structure of a theme park ride. For example, Big Thunder Mountain used shotcrete. The famous ride at Walt Disney World includes a large amount of imitation rocks throughout the ride which were created with the shotcrete placement method.
Repair and restoration projects
When concrete begins to deteriorate or degrade, it needs to be repaired and, if the finish is also important, restored to the original look. After the source of the concrete deterioration is identified and mitigated, shotcrete is a cost-effective, convenient, and fast method of applying a fresh layer of concrete. The shotcrete surface can then be finished to restore the concrete to its original aesthetic.
Pools and skate parks
Shotcrete can be placed directly on top of soil without any formwork. It is also water resistant and can be made to use less aggregate when needed. These characteristics combine for the ideal material to create both pools and skate parks. Shotcrete is a quick, cost-effective, and long lasting material that can create the shape of the pool or skate park that its designers envisioned.
The shotcrete placement method allows for rapid placement of retaining walls in tunnels. Instead of traditional bracing or manually placing concrete, which can be time consuming and heavy on additional construction materials, shotcrete greatly reduces the cost of tunneling projects. A quick-curing cement is often used in order to develop the concrete’s strength and begin supporting the tunnel quickly. Shotcrete can also be used as a finishing for the exterior coating, such as with faux rock finishes.
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