Cracking In Concrete Walls: Causes, Types and Mitigation

Cracking In Concrete Walls Cracks in concrete walls and slabs are a common occurrence. They appear in floors, driveways, walks, structural beams, and walls. Cracking can not be prevented but it can be significantly reduced or controlled when the causes are taken into account and preventative steps are taken. Most cracks should not be a …

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Concrete Repair and Maintenance Steps

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Concrete repairs have occurred on Reclamation projects since the first concrete was placed in 1903. Unfortunately, even though the best available knowledge and materials were used, many repair failures have occurred during the 112 years since that first concrete was placed. As a first step to increase the likelihood of a successful repair, it is …

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Concrete Distress Identification

Concrete Distress Identification

Distress Identification Before attempting any repair procedure it is necessary to have a planned approach to investigate the condition of concrete and reinforcement. While the diagnosis of damage or deterioration in some cases is reasonably straightforward, it may not be so in many cases. Particularly difficult are cases in which the cause and effect phenomenon …

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Overview of Present Repair Practices

Overview of Present Repair Practices

Overview of Present Repair Practices Since 1950s, the construction activity has been increasing geometrically without matching increase in the availability of quality inputs, in terms of materials and skilled workmen. The gap between the quality planned and the quality achieved continues to become wider. The factors contributing to damages/distresses in buildings have, thus, become intrinsic …

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Crack Repair in Concrete (4)

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Methods of Crack Repair in Concrete (4) Following the evaluation of the cracked structure, a suitable repair procedure can be selected. Successful repair procedures take into account the cause(s) of the cracking. For example, if the cracking was primarily due to drying shrinkage, then it is likely that after a period of time the cracks …

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Methods of Crack Repair in Concrete (3)

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Methods of Crack Repair in Concrete (3) Following the evaluation of the cracked structure, a suitable repair procedure can be selected. Successful repair procedures take into account the cause(s) of the cracking. For example, if the cracking was primarily due to drying shrinkage, then it is likely that after a period of time the cracks …

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Methods of Crack Repair in Concrete (2)

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Methods of Crack Repair in Concrete (2) Following the evaluation of the cracked structure, a suitable repair procedure can be selected. Successful repair procedures take into account the cause(s) of the cracking. For example, if the cracking was primarily due to drying shrinkage, then it is likely that after a period of time the cracks …

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Visual Defects of Concrete

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Visual Defects of Concrete: one of the simplest ways to understand what exactly causes concrete to fail would be performing a Visual Survey of the deteriorated concrete structure. When a client hires an Engineer to inspect a concrete structure, it is most likely because the owner visually noted some form of deterioration. This, technically, may be considered a …

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