Economic Advantages of High-Strength Concretes in Columns


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Title: Economic Advantages of High-Strength Concretes in Columns

Author(s): Gregory J. Smith and Franz N. Rad

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 11

Issue: 4

Appears on pages(s): 37-43

Keywords: columns (supports); construction costs; economics; high-strength concretes; reinforced concrete; General

Date: 4/1/1989

Investigates the economic advantages of using high-strength concretes in columns in low-rise and medium-rise buildings. Parameters varied in the study include loading, geometry of the structure, and concrete strength, and costs related to formwork, reinforcing steel, and concrete are considered. Economically, the cost advantages of the reduction in reinforcing steel and other cost items appear to outweigh significantly the additional cost of using high-strength concretes.