Questions tagged [concrete]

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where did the concrete splitting test calculated stress formulat come from?

In compression test of cylindrical concrete sample we get the normal stress easily by dividing failure force by sample cross section, but how we can explain the formulat used to determine tensile ...
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Why we say prestressed concrete is "more efficient"?

In my class my teacher said that prestressed concrete is more efficient, and when asked why he talk because of the constructing process. I believe because you have no cracked section hence you can use ...
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Are there any ways to know whether the element has failed under loading, while knowing only limited properties?

I opt to check whether a precast concrete wall (no reinforcements, only concrete) withstand both vertical and lateral loading condition but the only properties I know are the Young's Modulus, density, ...
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How to calculate the required prestressed jacking pressure to apply to a pre-tension concrete beam?

How does the fabricant of prestressed pre-tensioned beams calculate the equivalent pressure in the hydraulic jack (in bars) to the design prestress force (in kN)? Are there factors to multiply like a ...
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Jointed reinforced concrete tie-bar smoothness

We know that in Jointed Reinforced Concrete pavements we use dowels and tie bars. Why are dowel bars Smooth and tie bars are deformed? Dowels are used to transfer about 40% of the load from one slab ...
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Where to place air, water and electric cables in a composite beam [closed]

If water, gas and electrical cables have to pass through three (3) openings provided in the cross section shown in Figure 2, with tangible and scientific arguments specify the adequate opening for ...
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Creep coefficient over time

I came across 2 creep coefficient diagram. First one is from Eurocode, second one is from elsewhere. I think the second one make sense, As the time progress, the creep coefficient shall increase, ...
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Small building basement foundation moisture: permeable vs impermeable

I understand that moisture is the enemy of interiors. I know that the standard basement foundation for a house-sized building uses moisture barriers on the outside of concrete retaining walls to ...
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Exactly what makes steel-concrete composite beam better than pure steel?

A composite action beam may have a concrete section the top, carrying the compression load, and steel at the bottom, carrying tension. But I have always thought that concrete had lower strength for a ...
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Are concrete screws suitable for repeated removal and reinstallation?

Is a concrete screw like the HILTI HUS3 removable? I.e. can it be repeatedly unscrewed and reinstalled as required? Will this damage the fixing or the hole in the concrete? We're thinking about using ...
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Why does a beam in shear crack at 45 degrees?

Why does a beam in shear like in this picture crack at 45 degrees instead of vertically? This is called "Punching shear", and requires concrete reinforcement at an angle: Assuming that the ...
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Why do air entrainment admixtures improve the freeze-thaw resistance of concrete?

It is stated on here that: Air-entraining admixtures cause small stable bubbles of air to form uniformly through a concrete mix. The bubbles are mostly below 1 mm diameter with a high proportion ...
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How do extra building levels affect the foundation design apart for the extra load?

I have been talking to some structural engineers trying to find one to design foundations for my contemplated bespoke building based on hi-cube 40-ft shipping containers. The initial concept is just ...
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What's the difference between Creep and Dynamic Viscous Damping?

What's the mechanism behind each phenomenon and what's the difference between them? Why is Creep considered in the Constitutive Equation (taken as an inelastic strain) while damping is considered in ...
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How to calculate load bearing capacity of a floating pavement?

Given tire load of a vehicle, how do I calculate load bearing capacity of a non-reinforced concrete pavement floating on a layer of heat insulation material, which is on the RC base? I can't figure ...
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Can anyone help me with the concept of bearing stresses in steel reinforcement in Reinforced Concrete?

When there is tension reinforcement(steel) embedded in concrete, does it not also undergo bearing stresses on account of the weight of the concrete and other forces which are acting above the steel? ...
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Modern equivalent concrete strength to 'Class Ws 3/4" '

Consider the following extract from a UK reinforced concrete detail drawing dated 1970: What is the modern equivalent to this concrete class?
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Why is the stress distribution on concrete approximated like this?

I'm reading here on reinforced concrete. It is explained there that in calculations, the actual stress distribution is replaced by a constant stress distribution over some limited distance from the ...
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Is it possible to measure the concrete workability by a mobile app one day? [closed]

After studying all methods that can measure the concrete slump, I found 62 devices that service this purpose at the same time these devices are expensive and not practical enough, for this reason the ...
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Why railroad concrete tie tips become dry first after a rain?

I've witnessed this phenomenon: Why are only the tie tips dry? Why are only the stones around the tips dry? This is a railroad in Ukraine in the morning after a rain at night. Around 80% of observed ...
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Concrete pad over filled, in-ground pool better with or without wall support?

We are currently having a project done in our backyard to: (1) fill an in-ground pool and (2) build a "sport court" (with a large concrete pad and some tiles) over top. The pool demolition ...
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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 ...