Grant T. Halvorsen

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Troubleshooting Concrete Cracking During Construction

Concrete has a natural tendency to crack because it's usually relatively weak in tension. When tension resulting from applied loads, restrained shrinkage, or temperature drops exceeds the strength of the concrete, a crack forms. Concrete can crack while plastic and after hardening. Cracking can be controlled during construction, however, by using quality materials, following proper construction practices, and using reinforcement and jointing. Read more

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U.S. Tour of European Concrete Highways

During the summer of 1992, a group of 21 U.S. highway and pavement experts including contractors, engineers, and representatives of government and trade organizations observed the condition and construction of highways in western Europe. Called the U.S. Tour of European Concrete Highways (U.S. TECH), the group visited 5 countries and met with experts from 4 more to learn about portland-cement-concrete highway pavements in those countries. Read more

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Durable Concrete

Durable concrete resists weathering, chemical attack, and other types of deterioration. An important factor in concrete durability is concrete quality. Quality concrete has properties that match the application and expected exposure conditions. Read more

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Ordering Ready Mix Concrete

Planning ahead and communicating with the supplier are fundamental aspects of ordering ready mix. Though every contractor has preferences on how to do things, here are some important considerations. Read more

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Concrete Cover

In most building construction, concrete effectively protects reinforcement from damage caused by environmental factors or exposure to fire. In severe environments found in some industrial plants, marine structures, bridge decks and parking structures, destructive effects of reinforcement corrosion have been a problem. With proper design, mix selection, and construction practices, reinforced concrete structures can perform well in corrosive environments. Concrete cover makes an important contribution to this performance. Read more

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