Advantages of Concrete

Concrete is used in nearly every type of construction. Traditionally, concrete has been primarily composed of cement, water, and aggregates.

Concrete is not a homogeneous material, and its strength and structural properties may vary greatly depending upon its ingredients and method of manufacture.

Steel reinforcements are often included to increase the tensile strength of concrete; such concrete is called reinforced cement oncrete (RCC) or simply reinforced concrete (RC).

As of 2009, about 25 billion cubic meters of concrete were produced each year.

Concrete is the 2nd most used material on the earth.

Read: 15 Amazing Facts about Concrete

Mixing, Placing, Compacting, and Curing of Concrete

Advantages of Concrete:

  • Concrete can be moulded to any shape
  • For manufacturing concrete, materials are easily available.
  • Concrete structure require low maintenance.
  • Concrete is Water and fire resistant
  • Concrete has good rigidity
  • Concrete has high compressive strength
  • Concrete is economical
  • Low-skilled labour required for handling concrete

Disadvantages of Concrete:

  • Low tensile strength (one-tenth of its compressive strength
  • Concrete requires forms and shoring of construction
  • Relatively low strength (the compressive strength of normal concrete is about 5–10% steel)
  • Time-dependent strength and volume changes with variation
  • CO2 emission in production of cement.