Concrete As A Structural Component
Concrete design accounts for many structural elements we see today, whether it is bridge, dam, highrise building, car park or houses. Its ability to be formed to any shape and its high compressive strength are the reason why it is a very popular choice of material.
Other advantages of concrete include fire resistance. This particular property is important if located in an area prone to bush fire. A well designed concrete wall can act as a barrier to stop the fire from travelling further into other parts of the building. Its resistance means that a concrete element maintains its integrity when there is a fire present, unlike steel which weakens under extreme heat.
Acoustics and InsulationsConcrete performs very well at insulating sound. It also absorbs heat very well due to its high Thermal Mass. This means that your building can be more energy efficient during winter, as the concrete absorbs the heat during day time, and releases it slowly at night. This property makes it an excellent material choice for industrial applications such as cooling towers at power plants.
What to look out for
As wonderful as concrete is, a few factors need to be considered before you decide to select a concrete design for your structure.
Concrete has the tendency to crack if not reinforced properly. Cracks weaken the structural strength and reduce the aesthetic value in your building. Moreover, concrete’s quality is very dependent on the builder’s workmanship. Poor workmanship can cause spalling and honeycombing on the concrete element, exposing the reinforcement to corrosion and reducing its strength.
Why Choose Neilly Davies for your concrete design
With over 35 years in the construction industry, our consulting engineers have completed a diverse array of concrete design projects including residential buildings, commercial multistorey buildings, industrial buildings, swimming pools, tennis courts, drainage structures as well as concrete design for road pavements and driveways. Our concrete design expertise includes:
- Retaining wall design
- Slab design
- Concrete girders
- Pre cast concrete
- Pre stressed or post stressed (including selecting the appropriate strands and blocks, and the associated lock off load)
- Pier, pile and column design
- Concrete Shear panels
For more information about our concrete design services or to discuss your project in more detail, call us now on 1300 730 340.