Concrete properties

 

Concrete: many properties
Concrete is the most used construction material in the world. It plays a role in all sectors of construction, and its qualities and performance meet the varied needs of building construction and civil engineering while respecting the reuirements of safety, aesthetics and durability.

Concrete is obtained by mixing cement, water and aggregate. Its behaviour changes over time: initially it is fluid which enabls it to take any shape, later it becomes hard and extremely strong. Although it gives the impression of being simple and unsophisticated but in fact it is very complex with many qualities. It is combined with other materials, for example steel in the form of passive reinforcement or prestressing or fibres.

 
 
 
 
A mineral material which is fundamental to all construction
Published on 30 January 2008 (updated on 13 February 2008)
 
A simple recipe for a multitude of products
Published on 30 January 2008 (updated on 13 February 2008)
 
The setting of cement and hardening of concrete
Published on 30 January 2008 (updated on 13 February 2008)
 
Concrete mix design
Published on 30 January 2008 (updated on 14 February 2008)
 
The properties of fresh concrete
Published on 31 January 2008 (updated on 14 February 2008)
 
Workability: a property of fresh concrete
Published on 31 January 2008 (updated on 14 February 2008)
 
The properties of hardened concrete
Published on 31 January 2008 (updated on 14 February 2008)
 
A quality of concrete: its compressive strength
Published on 31 January 2008 (updated on 14 February 2008)