Most concrete used for construction is a combination of both concrete and reinforcement steel. Reinforcement for concrete is typically provided by embedding steel rods, bars or welded wire fabric within freshly made concrete at the time of casting. Alternatively, you can use steel fibers or synthetic fibers for reinforcing. However, the tensile strength and stress levels are not as high as using rebar or wire mesh. Fiber reinforced concrete is mainly used in shotcrete.
The purpose of reinforcement is to provide additional strength where needed. The steel provides all the tensile strength when the concrete is under tension, as in beams and slabs. Without the reinforcement, plain concrete does not easily withstand tensile and shear stresses caused by wind, earthquakes, vibrations, and other forces.
Reinforced concrete provides excellent structural integrity over a long period with relatively little maintenance. The combination of concrete and steel permits low cost and high speeds of construction making it an attractive material for owners, architect and engineers.
Steel Fiber Reinforced
Reinforced Cooled Slab
Synthetic Fiber Reinforced
Heavy Rebar Reinforcing
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