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STEEL DECK? STEEL FIBERS!

(Click here for a printable version of this article) The most common concrete floor type is the ground-supported slab, also known as slab on ground or slab on grade.  Second in popularity, at least in North America, comes the composite slab, a type of suspended floor made of concrete over a steel deck.  The two [...]

The Long and Short of It

How Steel-Fiber Length and Strength Affect Concrete Floors (Click here for a printable version of this article) Suppose you had to choose between two products, sight unseen. One is said to be long and strong; the other, shorter and not as strong. No further information is provided. Given that choice, you might be tempted to [...]

Steel Fibers and Rebar

(You can click here to download a printable version of this article.) Steel fibers and rebar have some things in common. Both are made of steel. Both are used to reinforce concrete, and both can be found in floor slabs. Because of those common features, it is tempting to think of the two products as [...]

You Say Your Slab is How Thick?

(You can click here to download a printable version of this article.) The designer of a ground-supported, industrial floor has to answer many questions. One question is always on the list: How thick must the concrete slab be to support the intended loads? It's an important question, because getting it wrong can bring severe consequences. If [...]

The Edge is the Enemy

Click here for a printable version of this article. Some people like to live on the edge. They say the most interesting things happen there, and they are right. But there is a catch: not all those interesting things are good. When it comes to ground-supported concrete floor slabs, lots of interesting things happen at [...]

By |September 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Noteworthy News from the ACI 302/360 Meetings

It was a very busy schedule at the recently concluded spring ACI convention in Kansas City. The ACI 302/360 meetings offered insight into the future of our industry and I had the opportunity to hear several informative presentations, as well as participate in some great discussions. A lot of information was shared and I’m still [...]