1. Basics of building materials - Cement decoded

    Basics of building materials - Cement decoded

    Basics of building materials - Cement decoded

    Before putting our hands into cement, let’s arrive at unison as to what is cement.

    First of all, cement is not concrete. Cement is not mortar.Cement + aggregates + water = concrete.Cement + sand + water = mortar.

    Now, what is cement?

    Cement is a binding agent that binds aggregates to make concrete and mortar.

    Next, what is cement made of?

    Cement is made of limestone, clay, gypsum and other materials.

    By the way, who invented cement?

    While the use of a binding substance, a cement-like substance in construction dates back to the Babylonians era, William Aspdin invented the modern Portland cement – the most common...

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  2. The ins and outs of TMT bars

    The ins and outs of TMT bars

    What is a TMT bar?

    A TMT bar is a steel bar used in all types of construction.

    Where is it used?

    Everywhere. Let’s try to understand TMT bars with a fitting analogy. If cement is the muscle of a building, TMT bars are the skeleton.TMT bars serve as a reinforcement agent. While concrete has good compressive strength but poor tensile strength, TMT bars which have high tensile strength are used to complement. The TMT bars provide the necessary strength and hold the structures together. Now, before getting down to the nitty-gritty of the bars, what does TMT stand for? TMT means Thermo mechanically treated. Does the phrase sound complicated? Let’s laymanize it.

    Step 1 - Steel billets are manufactured in the furnaces.

    Step 2 - The steel billets are hot rolled to form long steel bars.

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