Cracking in Reinforced Concrete: The Silent Hazard


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Cracking in Reinforced Concrete: The Silent Hazard
The use of industrial buildings, office buildings, bridges, roads and freeways is a part of everyday life for most people. Present in all these structures is the use of reinforced concrete. Reinforced concrete is also commonly used in containment structures for nuclear waste. Most people give little or no thought to the dangers that can be posed to public safety with the widespread use of this faulty material. This paper will explain some of the hazards of reinforced concrete (RC), the importance of continual maintenance. As imperfect as reinforced concrete is, do we know of any viable alternative? If not, what can be done to improve the standards for the building of structures using RC...
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