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TMT reinforcement steel are used in reinforced concrete construction to provide better strength in tension, bending, shear as well as in compression. TMT steel means Thermo Mechanically Treated steel.

For years, bamboo has been used by man for construction activities, later it has been replaced by CTD (Cold Twisted Deformed steel rods) or TOR steel rods. The manufacturers adopted the “Cold Twisting Process” in which the naturally cooled rods were twisted by means of motors.

Thus the molecular structure of the core steel is weakened. Thus it should not be used for construction activities.

Now, the TMT reinforcing steel rods have emerged. This rod is not twisted; instead it is treated with the Water Jacketing Process and allowed to cool in the ambient condition.

TMT Reinforcement Steel Properties

Composition of TMT Reinforcement Steel

The composition of TMT reinforcement steel is:

ChemicalBIS (Bureau of Indian Standards)Rosun TMT
Carbon (Max%)0.300.25 to 0.30
Manganese (%)0.5 to 1.20.5 to 0.8
Sulphur & Phosphorousas per IS:1786/85as per IS:1786/85

Manufacturing Process of TMT Reinforcement Steel

TMT reinforcement steel manufacturing process is shown below:

TMT Reinforcement Steel Manufacturing Process

Water Jacketing Method

Water Jacketing Method for TMT Steel Manufacture

TMT Steel Manufacturing Process

The steel rebar are at high temperature when they leave the last rolling stand. They are immediately passed through a predetermined quantity of a high-pressure water-cooling system. These instant cooling tempers the outer surface and it becomes very hard.

The next phase involves cooling at an ambient temperature that allows the hot core to temper the surface through thermal exchange. This result in a unique tempered structure of Martensite (outer) and a fine-grained Bainite-Ferrite / Pearlite  (core) that is stronger, more flexible and far better suited for construction.

Comparison of TMT Steel with CTD Steel Bars

TMT vs. CTD Steel Bars Comparison

PropertiesCTD BarsTMT Bars
StrengthHigh (Normally up to Grade Fe-415)Very High as grades of Fe-500 & 550 are easily achievable
ElongationAs per IS: 1786/ ’85Very High in all grades and over- achieves the elongation requirement in the recent amendment to IS: 1786 for earthquake resistance
WeldabilityPreferably avoided as welded joints are weakBetter and no loss of strength
FormabilityBend 3D – 5D, Re-bend 5D – 8DExcellent due to uniform elongation
Ductility & Fatigue StrengthHighVery High, Most suited for earthquake resistant structures
Fire HazardsLoss of Strength on temperature riseNegligible loss in strength up to 500 deg. C
Corrosion ResistanceScale fall down during cold twistingPre-welded meshes can be used
WorkabilityEasy working at siteAvailability of Grade Fe-500 & 550 results in steel saving
Overall EconomyAvailability of Grades Fe-500 & 550 results in steel Saving

Advantages of TMT Reinforcement Steel

  • Savings of 14 – 19% steel
  • Reduction in Costs
  • Better safety of structures
  • Easy working at site
  • Better ductility & bendability
  • Better Corrosion Resistance
  • Good Weldability
  • Resistant to fire hazards

Special Features of TMT Reinforcement Steel

  • Higher strength with better elongation
  • Excellent Weld-ability
  • Resistance to fire hazards
  • Excellent Ductility
  • Higher Fatigue Strength
  • Easy workability at site
  • Better Bonding Strength
  • Better Corrosion Resistance
  • Achieves better results than BIS Standards

About Gopal MishraVerified

Gopal Mishra is a Civil Engineer from NIT Calicut and has more than 9 years of experience in Civil Engineering and Construction. He is the founder of The Constructor.