reinforced concrete


Definition of reinforced concrete

: concrete in which metal (such as steel) is embedded so that the two materials act together in resisting forces

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Since Trump announced the tariffs in March, prices have been rising for the American steel used to build bridges, reinforce concrete highways and lay the rails for mass transit systems. Washington Post, "Trump’s own tariffs make it harder to rebuild infrastructure," 30 June 2018 Her home, an older structure in the Miramar area, was built from reinforced concrete and survived with no major damage. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018 Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright paved the way for reinforced concrete's use in modern architecture. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Rock Solid History of Concrete," 12 Oct. 2017 Felipe Asandi Arquitectos designed the house with reinforced concrete slabs that together create a lengthy rectangular shape. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Hillside modern house is all concrete, glass, and views," 1 May 2018 That signaled a bold departure from the hard edges of reinforced concrete steps and steel sheet pile that traditionally protected the shoreline. Blair Kamin,, "Northerly Island walkway still mangled and off-limits: Here's the story behind this engineering flop," 27 Apr. 2018 During this renovation, the swim center’s entire reinforced concrete deck, pool plaster and tile will be removed and replaced. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Swim center will remain closed for much of summer," 25 Apr. 2018 Gun emplacements and reinforced concrete installations from the 20th century add to the martial architecture and make driving the cramped one-way back streets a challenge. James R. Carroll,, "Gibraltar draws visitors with curious monkeys and Britain-meets-the-Mediterranean vibe," 14 Mar. 2018 With industrialization in the 1950s came widespread construction of homes of reinforced concrete blocks and poured concrete roofs for the middle and upper-middle classes. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Puerto Rico’s housing crisis after Hurricane Maria | Miami Herald," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of reinforced concrete

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reinforced concrete was in 1891

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English Language Learners Definition of reinforced concrete

: concrete that has metal bars inside of it to make it stronger

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