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Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by

There is a saying that all roads lead to Rome, and fact is, 5300 miles of those roads were built from concrete. From 300 B.C. to 46 A.D, the Romans used pozzuolana cement from Pozzuoli, Italy to build the Appian Way along with famous Roman structures such as the Coliseum and Pantheon. In other parts of Europe like in southern France, there is the Pont du Gard aqueduct structure. It is the Roman structure the Hadrian’s Wall that is made completely using only concrete. The use of this artificial and ancient masonry is very much similar to modern concrete. The Roman concrete is formed by combining the pozzuolana (a volcanic earth) with lime, broken stones, bricks, and tuff.

Concrete Facts

Concrete is universally the most commonly used construction material for foundations, reinforced frames for buildings, bridge decks, retaining walls, roof tiles, in-situ and precast floors. However, although many countries have also adopted it for in-situ paving, this is not the case in the UK. Even when concrete is the more resilient and the most inexpensive form of paving a lot of contractors and architects make use of it the least. Nevertheless ever since it has been started in UK about twenty years ago the development it it has come from a complete nil to about 100, 000 square meters every year.

Scientifically a structural building gets constructed by a mix obroken stone or gravel with sand, cement, and water and allowing the mixture to harden into a solid mass. The cement is the chemically active element, or matrix; the sand and stone are the inert elements, or aggregate. Concrete is adaptable to widely varied structural needs, is available practically anywhere. It can be used by even a novice with little knowledge and is resistant to fire.

It is the use of concrete that is found to offer a life time of 100 years the best to avoid a reconstruction. It is made of only the easily available things such as cement and the composite mixture that is of sand, gravel and crushed stone. Concrete does not require any CO2 absorbing trees to be cut down. In comparison to the harvesting of lumber forests the land that is needed for getting the materials to make concrete is negligible.

Concrete Feats

The world record for the largest concrete pour in a single project is the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei Province, China. There has been use of 16 million cubic meters concrete over 17 years in the construction of the dam. The previous record was 3.About 2 million cubic meters are detained by the Itaipu hydropower station in Brazil.

As per evidence the biggest constant concrete that was put in water was finished on October 18, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The placement consisted of 10,224 cubic yards of concrete placed in a 58-hour period using two concrete pumps and two dedicated concrete batch plants.

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