Tag: cracking and crazing

  • Craze Cracks

    Craze Cracks

    What are craze cracks? Crazing is the development of a network of fine random cracks or fissures on the surface of concrete or mortar caused by shrinkage of the surface layer. Craze cracks are small pattern cracks on a slab’s surface. They are associated with early surface drying, causing the immediate surface to shrink differently […]

  • Better Garage Floors

    Better Garage Floors

    Tips for pouring stronger, crack-free concrete slabs for better garage floors by William D. Palmer Jr. and Paul Newman Garage slabs take a lot of abuse. They have to support heavy cars and trucks and resist ice, dirt, salty water, de-icers, gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, and other contaminants. Plus, since few garages are heated, they […]

  • Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Withstands Heavy Loads

    Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Withstands Heavy Loads

    by Kate Hamilton The fiber-reinforced concrete at the Caterpillar warehouse in Michigan was designed to withstand the weight of heavy-duty construction equipment The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Caterpillar warehouse demands a lot of its 110,000-square-foot concrete slab. Composed of showrooms, exterior pavements, composite metal decks, and engine service bays, it gets a beating from the several-ton […]

  • Time and Labor Savings in Store with Macro Fibers

    Time and Labor Savings in Store with Macro  Fibers

    by Concrete Construction Staff Structural engineers for the project, specified Grace’s STRUX 90/40 synthetic macrofibers Wal-Mart’s new Salt Lake City Supercenter offers shoppers everything from groceries and general merchandise to a McDonald’s, vision center, hair salon, and portrait studio all under one roof. Encompassing more than 200,000 square feet of retail space, the store attracts […]