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Category : Building Materials

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

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 ...

Welded Wire Fabric Concrete

Welded wire fabric is a series of parallel longitudinal wires welded to cross wires by electric fusion method with accurate spacing. The welding work is done by machinery which ensures the precise dimensions and results in considerable savings ...

Mix Ratio of Sand-Cement Screed for Floors

Mix ratio of sand and cement screed for floor varies based on the intended use of the screed. Added to that, cement type, grade of aggregate and the method of storage of screed material influence the mix ratio ...

Fire Bricks – Properties, Types and Uses

A fire brick is a special type of brick made using fire clay and has a good resistance against high temperatures which are used in kilns, lining furnaces, fireplaces and fireboxes. These bricks are manufactured in a ...