Types of Concrete Used for Constructing Bridges

Concrete is arguably one of the most important materials when it comes to constructing large projects. This also includes constructing bridges. From providing versatility and flexibility while providing the structure with even weight absorption and distribution, concrete is a stellar option for bridges. As technology has advanced, different types of concrete have been developed in order to best suit the needs of that specific project. 

Reinforced Concrete 

Think of reinforced concrete as the ultimate strength version. This type of concrete increases concrete ductility, which is the ability of a solid material to deform under tensile stress. This enables the concrete to withstand heavy loads without bending or breaking under the stress. Reinforced concrete also does not expand and contract due to climatic conditions, which helps eliminate the internal stresses that occur from temperature-related expansion or contraction. Finally, reinforced concrete absorbs structural stress very well and provides an even distribution of weight throughout the structure. 

Prestressed Concrete

Prestressed concrete is a popular alternative to reinforced concrete; it is often lighter compared to reinforced concrete, which is usually bulkier and heavier. When it comes to constructing bridges that need to absorb shock and impact, prestressed concrete is the best choice. Prestressed concrete is also usually preferred for heavily loaded structures, due to its lighter weight compared to that of reinforced concrete. 

Precast Concrete

Throughout the State of California, there are many columns, girders, and complete bridge decks that have been fabricated off site. These pieces are brought to the project site and pieced together through post tension cables. To connect these pieces, a new technology of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) is grouted and within days is ready for traffic.

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