Reinforced concrete is a composite widely used in global construction and consists of plain concrete with steel reinforcement. The addition of a reinforced bar, or a rebar, strengthens traditional concrete. A plain concrete has excellent compressive strength but only a moderate level of tensile strength. Without steel reinforcement, tension causes concrete to fail and leads to cracks which compromise the integrity of constructions.
Based in Didcot, Solo Formwork Ltd is a reinforced concrete and steel reinforcement specialist with services available in Oxford and Reading, and across the whole of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and Southern England.
We supply our reinforcement services with accessories and use experienced gangs. We undertake a sizeable percentage of ring beam work, using permanent formwork in many cases. Solo Formwork Ltd has experience in the use of beamforming and Pecafill, a universal system with a range of applications.
Steel reinforcement increases the shear and tensile strength of plain concrete. The introduction of reinforced steel bars with hot-dip galvanised steel coatings transfers weight loads between the rebar and the concrete. Direct stress transfer is the compressive push and the tensile pull, occurring between the concrete and rebar bond in the form of friction.
The weight transfer of steel reinforcement adds strength to the constructions we work on in Oxford, Reading and the surrounding areas. It also explains why formwork companies and builders use reinforced concrete in areas prone to natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tornadoes.
Because the rebar in reinforced concrete must reinforce the characteristics of plain concrete, constructors use metals that have high tensile strength. Aluminium, copper and cast iron all have reasonable tensile strength but steel reinforcement creates a better bond with no slippage and acts with plain concrete as a single unit.
Indeed, steel reinforcement gives reinforced concrete as much as 140 times the tensile strength as a traditional plain concrete mix.
• Steel has excellent elasticity, handles direct weight transfer without breaking and reverts to its original strength upon load removal
• Rebars manufactured from steel have more ductility under high weight loads, which allows for more deformation under stress without breaking
• Because concrete and steel have similar thermal expansion properties, they experience similar changes at high temperatures to maintain a bond
• The durability of steel makes it easy to transport to sites in Oxford, Reading and Southern England with no concerns over minor damage
• Steel reinforcement bars have the strength to withstand the highest impact loads
• The availability and cost of steel makes it suitable for most domestic and commercial projects requiring reinforced concrete application
• In the event of demolition in the future, the steel from reinforced concrete can undergo recycling and this makes its use sustainable
Please visit our website gallery to see examples of how Solo Formwork Ltd uses steel reinforcement in its services.