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Category : Building Materials

Building materials provides information on various construction materials, their properties and applications in building construction.

5 Effective Fire Retardants in Construction

Fire retardants or Flame retardants are chemicals used to slow down or hinder the growth of fire and provide a sufficient amount of time to evacuate a building. Their application on construction materials is absolutely essential to meet ...

Grades of Ordinary Portland Cement Based on IS Codes

Ordinary Portland Cement(OPC) is the most widely used cement in the construction world. It is the basic ingredient for producing concrete, mortar, stucco, and non-specialty grouts. Ordinary Portland Cement is graded based on its strength. The grade indicates ...

Ballast – Functions and Types

Ballast is a granular material which is placed and packed below and around the railway sleepers. Different types of ballast materials used are broken stone, sand, gravel, moorum, brickbats etc. The main purpose of ballast is to transmit ...

Mortar Admixtures – Types, Uses and Benefits in Masonry Construction

Mortar admixtures typically offer properties such as waterproofing, water-repellency, efflorescence control, air entrainment using plasticizers to enhance workability, accelerating and retarding setting times etc. These mortar admixtures are used for ratios 1:3 or leaner mixes for use in ...