Concrete Sand | Types And Options

Concrete sand is a material that is used often for the sake of construction purposes and sit is made from cement and other such materials just like slag cement and fly ash, aggregate chemical admixtures and water.

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The concrete mix is the material which has currently been utilized more as compared to any other materials in the world that have been made by man. As per 2006, each year about 7.5 km3 concrete sand is generated and almost over 1m3 of it is there for each person on the Earth.

It is a great fun to create the concrete sand molds to be used in the garden ornaments of cast concrete and the ornaments are yielded having some sort of rustic surface which appears to be weathered. Stepping stones, bird baths, bench seats, wall copings, shallow planters and wall ornaments are considered to be the strong contenders for the sand casting.

Concrete mix have been utilized since the Egyptian and the Roman times and at that time when the discovery had been made the concrete mix allowed the volcanic ash, if added, to set down under the water. Quite similar to this, it was known to the Romans that if the horse hair is added to the concrete mix then it will certainly become less accountable for cracking while it is being hardened. Also if the blood is added to this concrete sand then it will become more resistant to the frost.

In recent times the utilization of the materials that have been recycled as the ingredients of the concrete mix is becoming much popular and the reason being responsible for this is that the environmental legislation is stringent increasingly. The most obvious of these materials is the fly ash which is actually a by-product obtained from power plants that are coal-fired. Due to this the quarrying and the required landfill space amount is reduced significantly. Also it works as a replacement for cement and therefore required cement amount is reduced as well. Recently different experiments have been made by the researchers by adding some other materials for creating concrete sand having some improved characteristics just like the conductance of electricity and the higher strength. Macronite is one of the examples of such concrete mix.

Various kinds of concrete sand are available these days. The difference lies in the proportions of the major ingredients in them. Along with changing these proportions some kinds of substitutions are also made sometimes and the final product eventually gets modified according to its function having different density, strength, or thermal and chemical resistance characteristics.

The design of this mix is actually dependant on the kind of the structure that needs to be built. It also depends on way of mixing and delivering the concrete and the way in which it will be placed for the sake of making the structure.

Strong compression is there in the concrete and the load of this compression is carried efficiently by the aggregate. Although it is a fact that weakness lies in it in terms of tension because of the cement which is there in order to hold the aggregate might also crack due to which the failure of the structure can be caused. These problems can be solved by the use of the reinforced concrete which makes use of the “steel reinforcing bars”, glass fiber, steel fibers, or the plastic fiber for carrying the tensile loads.

 

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