High Performance Concrete - When performance matters
The Importance of using High-Performance Concrete in modern construction projects
We live in a fast-moving world. Things are moving in a light speed and functioning accordingly; man must find ways to measure up to the challenges posed by modern ideas, and environmental factors. The conventional concrete is not efficient enough to move in some areas with demands for construction. Unlike in the past where construction can take months even years to complete, modern-time development requires certain qualities in concretes like better strength, faster curing and stability to cope with aggressive environmental conditions and high energy absorption capacity among so many other requirements.
But the reality of our world is where there is a need; there is always a way to meet it. This fact led to high-performance concrete invention. The world needs the kind of concrete that will meet many unanswered questions by conventional concrete.
What is high-performance concrete?
According to American Concrete Institute (ACI), High-Performance Concrete is concrete which meets combinations of performance and uniformity requirements that cannot be achieved routinely using conventional constituents and normal mixing, placing, and curing practices.
The above definition means that a High-Performance Concrete is one built to meet certain characteristics to cope with the application purpose and environment for excellent performance. It is formulated to meet defined strength, durability and curing specifications.
However, from a structural point of view, one understands that usually a high strength, high ductility and high durability, which regarded as the most favorable factors for a construction material, are the key attributes to HPC.
How high-performance concrete is made
The emergence of high-performance concrete was due to the need to have a concrete to meet special need demands. Therefore, HPC is specially formulated to solve problems for the project at hand; this means no two HPCs are the same.
While primarily, high-performance concrete shares standard composition as conventional concretes, there are differences in the formula for water and cement ratio as well as the presence of other additives. An HPC will require lower water-cement ratio, the presence of Pozzolands, chemical admixtures and other additives to make it meet intended purpose.
The mix design for HPC follows three consistent steps:
The production processes of HPC aims at using special combinations of performance and uniformity requirement of the ingredients to produce concrete that meets the following qualities in the product:
Advantages of high-performance concrete
HPC was formulated to perform in its application, which is the reason for the following benefits:
Disadvantages of high-performance concrete
Application of high-performance concrete
HPC is used in a project requiring special needs for sustainability and durability. In an environment where the impact of weather affects the use of conventional concrete leading to faster depreciation or in a project where other environmental factors such that require the concrete to cure faster than in conventional concrete, high-performance concrete is the best option.
Therefore HPC has been used successfully in the following projects:
Using HPC in your home construction
Your home foundation and footings are essential building parts that need proper attention whenever you are constructing a new home. While the foundation carries the home’s weight, footings support the foundation to anchor the house to the ground. There two critical parts of your building need to be constructed with strength, durability and workability in mind; this is where using high-performance concrete becomes necessary.
1-800-concrete is just a call away, for your high-performance concrete need
Though there are other areas of your home that need such attention, you need experts to help you identify such places according to the peculiarities of your building site. At 1-800-concrete, we have the experts who can help with your needs to determine such areas. Since HPC materials must be formulated according to your construction site’s peculiarities, we can identify your need and supply your ready mix concrete for HPC formulation to serve your needs efficiently.
Give us a call today for your high-performance concrete needs and we will be right there with you for the success of your construction project at the most affordable costs
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