Questions tagged [concrete]

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Tensile Strength Of Concrete For RCC Structure [closed]

In the design of R.C.C. structures, what should be the tensile strength of concrete?
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is there a hard castable ceramic i could use to make an engine cyllinder?

Im thinking of building a model piston engine. Since i don't have machining equipment i will need to cast it out of something. Melting metal requires some equipment (i tried melting aluminium in a ...
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What is the best way to install vacuum insulation panels on house masonry walls?

What are the challenges that comes with installing VIP on a wall? Is installing the vip on the outside better than the inside?
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Trapping heat by curing of concrete under plastic sheets

Although curing of concrete under plastic sheets is a recognized technique, I have some doubts about it. I think that the plastic sheets may trap heat coming from the exothermic reaction, which will ...
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How to choose the dimensions for a prestressed I-beam?

I need to design a simply supported symmetric I-beam (for a school problem). However, I can't find much information about the selection of the section or if there exist any standards for that. the ...
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Tiled/block pavement used to pave high traffic roadway?

We're normally paving the high-traffic road with concrete or asphalt. While for sidewalk/garden, we use pave block/tiles (either concrete or else) Common reason is because pave block/tiles doesn't ...
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Any Idea of This China's “Transparent Concrete”?

I am currently make an attempt to make miniaturized version of this China's solar highway on my garage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK8FvzI3yDA Just so i can re-evaluate the performance However, I ...
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Control joint and contraction joint in concrete

What is the difference between a control joint and a contraction joint in concrete? I mean, a control joint is to control the cracks in concrete due to temperature or shrinkage etc... I understand it. ...
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water leak through subterranean cable penetrations in concrete

See the image below for the detail of 4 no. cable ducts that run from a trench in a raft foundation (on the left) through an approximately 1 m square penetration in the raft foundation, through soil (...
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can ceramic be used as a building material?

From what I read, concrete has much lower compressive strength than ceramics. So why aren't we using ceramics to build? Is it because ceramic failure is difficult to predict? Because it's hard to ...
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Why is there this perforated pipe inside this vertical construction joint in a reinforced concrete wall?

The picture below shows a veritcal construction joint of an approximately 50 years old reinforced concrete industrial structure. The expansion joint was likely originally sealed with a flexcell which ...
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Can aggregate gain almost 200 grams of water when submerged in water for a day?

I'm doing this special project where I have to make concrete using a Martian simulant provided from a commercial source. I measured it as 500 grams initially, then submerged it in water for a day. It ...
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Why do we use the strain-controlled test for the compressive strength of concrete?

As you all now, a typical stress-strain curve for concrete under compression can be seen in any reinforced concrete design textbook. The decreasing part of the curve (post-peak) can be obtained by ...
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The design of precast concrete— are they the same with cast-in situ design?

I am curious as to how different is precast concrete design than conventional cast-in situ reinforced concrete design as far as structural engineering is concerned. To my mind, they should be the ...
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How does Gypsum Concrete work?

When mixed with water how does gypsum act as a binder in creating concrete?
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Raised plywood false floor for heavy equipment usages

I have a electronics assembly company, and we run two assembly lines. They consist of several machines, with the heaviest being around 4000lbs, on 6 metal casters. We currently have the line on a ...
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Moisture sensor for Mixers

I'm looking for alternatives to measure the moisture content in a concrete mixer machine. The ones on the market are expensive, like Hidro-Mix for apparent reasons; mixers are a hostile environment ...
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Is there a standard formula available to calculate lateral concrete pressure from the measurements of lateral concrete strain?

As shown in the image, I have done a vibrating wire type strain gauge and pressure cell (not shown in the image) instrumentation on full scale form. the objective is to measure the lateral pressure of ...
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installing swing hook before concrete is poured

I want to place a swing hooks in place before the concrete is poured so that , i dont have to drill a hole later. My contractor is not ready to make these bolts with TMT bars itself.. what kind of ...
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Concrete Slab Deformation

The concrete slab (?) supporting the swimming pool (≈ 10 x 10m x 1m) of my building has clearly a 'belly': I'm not sure whether this was built this way or evolved over time, however, my best guess is ...
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Design Roller Compacted Concrete Pavement Section

I have been asked to consider using RCC instead of traditional PCC on an upcoming project. For a rough order of magnitude estimate, can I assume that the pavement section design will be similar? I ...
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Why does rebar in reinforced pre-stressed conrete reduce in deflection if compressive stress is applied to member?

According to What is Prestressed Concrete? - Practical Engineering, one way to reduce deflection in the steel rebar is to pre-stress the rebar by applying compressive stress in the member before ...
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House construction using concrete panels

Background Information Currently looking to buy a house in the Southampton area in the UK and have noted there are quite a few houses which use a concrete panelling construction technique see example ...
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Maximum allowable crack in Post Tension concrete

What is the maximum allowable crack size dimension in a post-tension concrete slab before it is considered a "structural" crack, in Arizona, USA? Is there a certain standard for this. I have tried ...
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How to reinforce concrete over a circular span

Last year we poured a RC suspended slab according to designs of a structural engineer. (Note we are just DIY home builders but have taken professional advice throughout.) The slab was cast with three ...
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Dependency between load capacity for reinforced concrete slab and thickness

How does the load capacity for a reinforced concrete slab depend on the thickness of the slab? Example: Let's suppose that we have the following constants: concrete quality (including the maximum ...
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Reinforced mesh at different distance in a concrete slab?

Trying to determine some information regarding the reinforced concrete slabs (reinforced with mesh) in an apartment, by looking through the holes in the middle of the rooms for lights, I've come ...
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Crooked floor, but ceiling with no incline - could it possibly be a screed?

This question is related to the situation in an apartment in a reinforced concrete building that is approximately 30 years old. The ceiling is almost perfectly straight and level. However, the floor ...
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Does screed increase the slab tension capacity?

Does a screed applied over the slab increase the slab tension capacity? Somehow it's counter intuitive because adding weight on the slab should tension it, but do the slab and the screed behave as a ...
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Impact of having flexible electrical hose buried into the reinforced concrete slab

Given: a reinforced concrete two-way slab at about 160 mm (the edges are cantilevered between the concrete walls) the electricians buried the flexible electrical hose into the slab (red lines in the ...
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How to build multiple large scale fish tanks with water at different temperatures

I am wondering at a high level what are the material components that might be used in building several large scale fish tanks that are temperature regulated like on a fishing farm. For example, what ...
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How to grind into concrete ( not core drill )

I have a very specific and weird task I need to accomplish. I have a concrete wall that I need to get samples of the concrete dust to grind and get them tested, i plan on using a plunge router with a ...
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How will using desert sand instead of concrete sand affect my concrete recipe?

I've read that desert sand is too round for concrete mixes. But, I'm not building a dam, I'm building a 3 foot landscaping wall. I'm interested in using desert sand for the color, so this is an ...
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Which design to maximize friction for a device standing on concrete?

I have a device 4cm X 5cm X 15cm that stands on asphalt/concrete/road. So, the device is taller than its base which makes contact with the asphalt. I want to maximize the friction so that the device ...
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What are the regular holes in poured concrete walls called?

These holes are caused by bars that are put through the frame before the concrete is poured and then clamped, so the mold can't swell outward. Is there a name for these holes though that is widely ...
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International Building Code vs Industry Standards

Which is more reliable. For example, in setting steel posts in the ground, the pole should go under ground 1/3 of its height from the surface up. In IBC, steel post depth is made rather on a storey ...
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How does concrete perform in an Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) house?

From: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4033560/ I can see that concrete can really go bad after a few hundred freeze and unfreeze cycles: If an ICF house has insulation from the inside ...
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How to resolve the interruptions in the screw pump operation due to air trap?

In one of my application, there is a requirement to dispense the concrete paste at the required rate continuously. some technical details of the application given below Dispense rate 5-50 LPM ...
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Can plasticizer leach out of cured concrete?

About 6 months ago I have poured concrete in a plastic mould. The mould was plastic plinth for sun umbrella. It is usually filled with water but it cracked so I filled it with concrete. Before pouring ...
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Waste Foundry Sand as an aggregate for concrete mixes. I have a question regarding grain diameter and it's possible applications

I'm working on a project with a company that uses sand casts during moulding processes and they provided us with samples of the sand they use before it's involved in the procedure and afterwards (...
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What degree of open span/narrow support can rigid PIR thermal insulating foam sustain under the short term load of setting concrete?

I've found data related to the deformation and shear performance of typical PIR (polyisocyanurate) foams such as Celotex/Kingspan, but I'm not sure how to use these figures in my own situation. I am ...
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What is the curing process for polymer concrete if it doesn't use any water?

The curing process for regular cement concrete is sprinkling water fog or using a moisture retaining fabric. I was wondering what the process is for polymer concretes because they don't use any water.
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What methods are there to test the flexural, tensile and compressive strength of concrete?

The only one I know is the three point bending test for flexural strength.
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Why is this structurally sound?

While visiting Vancouver, Canada recently, I noticed there is a lot of construction for apartments and condos. Attached is a photo of one of many of those sites, and at these sites, I noticed ...
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Bonding steel plate to fiber cement sheet effectively

I've been trying to produce a cheap panel using fiber cement and zincalume sheet. There is a research paper that I read about bonding steel plate to concrete to increase their tensile strength by ...
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Difference Between minimum steel required in Slabs and Shear Walls

My question is very simple, I need to know why the minimum reinforcement for slabs is less than the minimum reinforcement required in Shear walls? What are the criteria and reasons to set minimum ...
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Will screed on plywood do instead of beam and block, to replace a floor?

I'm gutting and redoing an older house (early 20th C, ordinary suburban terrace house, London UK). I'd planned beam and (dense) block for the upstairs structural floor, for a few reasons, and already ...
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Base Support for a Tree house

I am building a tree house in my backyard and it is going to be relatively simple. There are no parts that require drilling into the tree. The whole house is propped up by four 4x4 wood supports. I'm ...
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What are those objects of the top of this building called?

Does anyone know what these things on the ceiling of this building are called? I am referring to those objects with semicircle shape that act as a ceiling on the top of the building.
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Why is desert sand not processed to make it suitable for concrete?

The shape of the sand grains from our planet's deserts is too round to be used in concrete (1, 2, 3). This is why we are drawing the last sand resources from natural beaches for making concrete for ...