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Concrete’s Recent Evolution

The past couple of decades have led to many advances in concrete design and technology. Today, concrete not only offers improved performance for a broader range of applications but it has also become “greener”. P. Kumar Mehta, an author of … Continue reading

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Ultra-High Performance Concrete

The Portland Cement Association states that, “Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC), also known as reactive powder concrete (RPC), is a high-strength, ductile material formulated by combining portland cement, silica fume, quartz flour, fine silica sand, high-range water reducer, water, and steel … Continue reading

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How to Control Shrinkage and Cracking in Concrete

  All concrete experiences some degree of shrinkage that can affect its long-term strength and durability as well as result in cracks.  Since shrinkage is an inherent property of concrete, it is impossible to totally eliminate cracking but it can … Continue reading

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Chemical Admixtures in Concrete

Chemical admixtures are natural or manufactured chemicals that are added to concrete along with portland cement, aggregate, and water. They can be a liquid or powder and are added to the concrete immediately before or during the mixing process. The … Continue reading

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High-Strength Concrete

The design of a project determines the performance requirements of the concrete in terms of the compressive strength needed and level of durability to withstand weather conditions. High-strength concrete is defined as having a compressive strength of 6,000 psi (40 … Continue reading

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Architectural Concrete Design

An important element in building design is the use of architectural concrete. It permits a broad versatility of design that could not be achieved without it. It has the ability to provide an aesthetic finish while still retaining all of … Continue reading

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Retrofitting Historic Buildings Against Earthquakes

New construction is being built better than ever to withstand the threat of earthquakes. Moreover since earthquake activity is not limited to the West Coast, local building codes throughout the country mandate that new construction be resistant to the strongest … Continue reading

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