Concrete Manufacturing Process consists of many stages. The Concrete mix for delivery from a plant instead of mixing on the job site. The concrete mixes, transports and delivers to a construction site to place in formworks for construction. And to form various structures, like a column, beam, slab, etc.
Concrete Manufacturing Process
The main Concrete Manufacturing Process is as follows
It is the main thing in the Concrete Manufacturing Process. The measurement of materials like aggregates, cement, water necessary for preparing different grades of concrete is Batching. It is by two processes. One is volume and other is weight batching. The volume batching is by mixing materials with its volume. And weight batching is by the self-weight ratio of materials. It has ratios according to standard codes. Some of the different grades of concrete are M10, M20, M25, M30.
Mixing is to produce uniform, high-quality concrete. The mixing equipment is capable of effective concrete material. Separate paste mix shows the mixing of cement and water into a paste before combines with aggregates. This increase the compressive strength of concrete. This paste mix in high-speed, shear-type mixer at a water-cement ratio of 0.30 to 0.45 by mass. The premix paste blends with aggregates. The remaining batch water and final mix complete in a rotating concrete mixing equipment.
Transporting concrete require great care. After mixing, the concrete transports to site. The mixing carries near the construction site. A bucket, ropeway, belt conveyor use to transport concrete. Readymix conveyor trucks use mostly in the modern construction times. The concrete transporting by conveyor truck has time limits. The concrete transporting by trucks reach the construction plant early.
Concrete to place in a good manner. It places without segregation to reach maximum efficiency. The concrete not to pour over a height of 1.5m. As the height of pouring concrete increases, it leads to separation of aggregates and cement paste. It causes segregation of concrete and causes honeycomb. Many concrete placing equipment use in modern construction times. some of the equipment are concrete pumps and boom lifts. Concrete pumps are normal pumps with joints to connect and remove according to needs.
Boom lifts are concrete pumps with movable arms. With the help of movable arm, a concrete place easily at heights and corners which is difficult with the normal pump.
Curing is to provide best strength and hardness to concrete. It is the next step after placing of concrete. Curing helps concrete to gain strength early. The concrete requires a moist and wet environment to gain full strength. Proper curing of concrete leads to increase the strength of concrete. And prevent cracking at surface dries. Avoid freezing and overheating of concrete to gain its full strength.