Cement and Concrete Primer
Concrete is a mixture of air, aggregates, and paste. The paste of concrete is composed of water and cement, which is a chemically controlled mixture of silicon, iron, aluminum, calcium, and other ingredients. Cement is generally fashioned from limestone, chalk, marl, shale, slate, clay, silica sand, iron ore, shells, and blast furnace slag. When these ingredients are heated at a very high temperature, they harden to form a rock-like slab. This substance is then ground into a fine powder to create cement. The past of the concrete coats the surface of the coarse and fine aggregates; concrete is generally composed of 8% air, 7-15% cement, 14-21% water, and 60-75% of coarse and fine aggregates.
Some construction professionals get the terms mixed up and use cement and concrete as synonyms; in reality, cement is an ingredient of the finished product, concrete. Concrete is responsible for the backbone of the world’s infrastructure: houses, bridges, rail systems, highways, infrastructure, schools, and hospitals are all built from concrete, the most-produced material on Earth.
Second only to water, concrete is the most-consumed substance on the planet. If you look around at any developed country, almost every structure you’ll see is composed of the stuff. It’s cost-effectiveness, durability, and strength have made it the most popular building material available. As third-world countries become increasingly more developed, concrete is a popular choice due to the possibility of extreme weather. Concrete, when compared to other building materials such as clay and straw, save a tremendous amount of lives during a natural disaster.
Here are some other interesting facts about concrete:
• Depending on the consistency and amount of air in concrete, this substance has the ability to float. Concrete canoes and boat docks are fine examples of floating concrete installations.
• What does the average concrete mix weigh? About an average of 3800-4000 lbs/yd3
• Like a fine liquor, concrete gets stronger as it ages.
• The United States has more than 55,000 miles of paved concrete highways.
• Almost everyone in the developed world lives in a structure composed of concrete. 70% of the Earth’s population lives in a structure that is composed or contains concrete.
• Concrete lasts longer than any building material currently in production.
• Heavy trucks get better gas mileage driving on concrete when compared to asphalt. About 20% better gas mileage.
• The first person to contract and live in a pre-cast concrete home was Thomas Edison.
• Concrete reflects 25-50% more light than asphalt. When compared to asphalt, this reduces the average temperature in cities by about 7%.
Cement and Concrete Management
Turnkey Processing Services is your go-to for national cement and concrete management. We focus on cement processing every step of the way. From quarry to transport to the cement processing plant, all the way through final shipment and ready-to-mix concrete operation plants, we have the knowledge and experience to deliver results. With our cost-0effective approach to handling the different materials to be blended together before the kiln, we offer fresh alternatives to the cement industry. We have the ability to substantially reduce capital expenditures without introducing additional risk to the cement production operation.