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Knowledge of concrete properties

Q. Are the properties of concrete well enough known to enable safe and durable structures to be built or is further research necessary?


A. The answer to both questions is yes. The principles of producing concrete and understanding the laws of concrete behavior are well enough established through long experience and extensive research to make it possible to design and erect structures that meet the recognized requirements of engineering use and safety. There is still a need for continued research, however. New questions are constantly arising, and new methods and machines for construction operations are being developed. If concrete is to meet increasingly higher expectations with regard to durability and structural efficiency, and continue in the forefront as a building material, the new requirements need to be met by ever-increasing knowledge obtained from research and experience.


References: SP-1(02); ACI 318-19

Topics in Concrete: 318 Building Code; Design; Durability

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