G82-623 An Overview of Concrete as a Building Material

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Shelton, David P.; Harper, James M.
concrete; building material; cement; history; general properties; portland cement; water-cement ratio; aggregates; admixtures; proportions; curing; air-entrained; air entrainment; workability; compressive strength; aggregate size; pavement; slabs; footing; building foundations; reinforced walls; amount of slump; farm buildings; construction methods; components; Agriculture; Curriculum and Instruction
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The general properties of concrete are discussed, as well as its components and their proportions. Includes decisions customers should consider before using concrete.Concrete, specifically portland cement concrete, has the qualities of strength, durability, versatility, and economy, and can be placed or molded into virtually any shape and reproduce any surface texture. It is the most widely used construction material in the world. In the United States almost twice as much portland cement concrete is used as all other construction materials combined.