Why You Should Use Concrete slabs

Concrete slabs are the most popular options for building foundations and this is because of the various advantages that it holds. This post will discuss why concrete slabs Melbourne have been so popular over the period of time. Cost Effective When the slab is laid in the ground, this style of building foundation reduces the […]

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A concrete slab is a common structural element of modern buildings. Horizontal slabs of steel reinforced concrete, typically between 4 and 20 inches (100 and 500 millimeters) thick, are most often used to construct floors and ceilings, while thinner slabs are also used for exterior paving. Sometimes these thinner slabs, ranging from 2 inches (51 mm) to 6 inches (150 mm) thick, are called mud slabs, particularly when used under the main floor slabs or in crawl spaces.

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The novel shape of the Philips Pavilion in Brussels was allowed by reinforced concrete.

In many domestic and industrial buildings a thick concrete slab, supported on foundations or directly on the subsoil, is used to construct the ground floor of a building. These can either be “ground-bearing” or “suspended” slabs. In high rise buildings and skyscrapers, thinner, pre-cast concrete slabs are slung between the steel frames to form the floors and ceilings on each level.

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Exterior of the Roman Pantheon, finished 128 AD, still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world.

 

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Completed in 2009, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), is currently the tallest skyscraper in the world, with a height of 829.8 metres

 

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Precast concrete is a construction product produced by casting concrete in a reusable mold or “form” which is then cured in a controlled environment, transported to the construction site and lifted into place.

 

On the technical drawings, reinforced concrete slabs are often abbreviated to “r.c.c.slab” or simply “r.c.”

 

 

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