Interesting Facts About Concrete

Posted on 14th Sep 2018

Concrete is one of the world’s most used building materials. Not only is concrete incredibly strong, it is also durable and versatile. Perhaps that’s why concrete has been a part of human civilization since ancient Rome and why The Pantheon is one of the world’s most remarkable (the Pantheon's dome remains the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome) and best preserved buildings. Here are some more fascinating facts about concrete to consider.

  • The Ancient Romans’ concrete was very different to the concrete we use today. They used to mix volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius with water and lime.
  • Reinforced concrete was invented in 1849 by Joseph Monier and is extremely resistant to fire, vibrations, wind, water and other forces. Steel (usually rods or mesh) is embedded into the concrete to give it greater tensile strength or ductility.
  • Concrete is used to build roads because of its high compressive strength and versatility. It can be poured to match the desired shape and size of all different roads.
  • In addition to roads and highways, concrete is used in other areas of transportation including:

     - Bridges

     - Sidewalks

     - Curbs

     - Crash walls

     - Retaining walls

  • The Burj Khalifa is the tallest concrete structure in the world. It stands at 829.8 metres and used 330,000 m³ of concrete over the 6 year construction process. The building cost 1.5 Billion USD to construct.
  • The Three Gorges Dam is the heaviest concrete structure and the largest concrete dam in the world. The dam cost $37 billion USD to build and took 9 years to build.
  • Concrete is the only material used in underwater structures because of its water resistant properties. Concrete also continues to strengthen for many years after it is poured making it even more resistant to damage.

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