The benefits of using reinforced concrete (RCC) in the construction industry

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Reinforced concrete contains steel embedded in concrete, so these two materials complement each other to resist the forces of tension, shear, and compression in the concrete structure. Ordinary plain concrete can withstand compressive stress, but cannot well withstand the tension and stress caused by wind, earthquake, and vibration.

The term “reinforcement” is used because steel strengthens concrete, making it a stronger building material. Nowadays, reinforced concrete is used in various applications. The benefits of using reinforced concrete in construction include:

Ability to withstand high-stress environments: The design of reinforced concrete is to meet the performance defects of plain concrete, especially in high-stress environments. Concrete is one of the best building materials and is widely known for its sturdiness and durability. It is well known that this material will fail in the high-pressure environment of natural disasters such as earthquakes and tornadoes. The enhanced value of steel bars in concrete makes reinforced concrete a highly sought-after material in areas prone to natural disasters.

Fire and weather resistance: Reinforced concrete also has excellent weather resistance and fire resistance. The nature of concrete does not allow it to catch fire or burn. The material is not affected by weather such as rain and snow.

Cost-effective: Due to its durability, flexibility, low maintenance requirements and energy efficiency, the concrete structure reduces operating costs related to operational energy consumption, maintenance and post-disaster reconstruction. The insurance cost of concrete buildings during the construction and operation phases is also significantly lower than that of buildings constructed with combustible and moisture-sensitive materials. Concrete pavement is also cost-effective on the basis of initial cost and life cycle cost, requiring only one-third of comparable asphalt roads to have a service life of more than 50 years.

Unlimited shape range: Reinforced concrete can be molded into various shapes. It is an excellent material for the construction of arcs and domes and other artistic architectural designs. The material is flowing at the beginning, and the steel frame structure is designed as the frame of the final design. Once the fluid material is set around the steel frame, it creates a variety of wonderful geometric and abstract shapes.

Low maintenance cost: Due to the durability of reinforced concrete, maintenance is usually minimal. Once the design is shaped and the concrete is cured, you can rely on reinforced concrete to endure the test of time.

Local production Concrete: is usually manufactured using local resources within 160 kilometers from the project site. This greatly reduces shipping and pollution, and makes a significant contribution to the local economy.

Need less labor: During the installation of these structures, the construction of reinforced concrete requires less labor. The steel frame can be manufactured by the manufacturer. The fluid concrete mixture is applied to the steel frame by pouring or spraying into the mold. It also makes construction faster and you can save labor through time. Once the concrete is applied, let it dry before it is ready. The construction of reinforced concrete structures may require only half of the labor.

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Arbaj Demrot is the founder of VideRime Online Learning, a leading engineering website. He did his BE Civil and M.Tech Structure from RGPV University, Bhopal and has been working as an Assistant Professor in a reputed college.

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