Concrete

The most common and preferred structural system amongst buildings in the UAE is concrete. It is significantly more economical than steel framing systems, for most applications here. Since most of the country is desert, sand and gravel are very readily available. Any steel reinforcement needs to be imported. This provides a significant savings over importing an entire steel structure. Especially since reinforced concrete should not contain more than a maximum of 8 percent steel by volume. For most applications in compression the percent of steel used is closer to 1 or 2 percent.

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About luelaine15

Hi, I’m Elaine. I am an undergraduate student at Lehigh University. I am studying Civil Engineering and Architecture through Lehigh’s Arts-Engineering program. This is a five year program through which I will graduate with two bachelors degrees. In addition to being a dual major here at Lehigh I have been a student-athlete in our NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Team. I am involved in the Reformed University Fellowship. I am also a member of Lehigh’s chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Chi Epsilon, and Tau Beta Pi. In semesters where my schedule has permitted, I have also been an Engineering Tour Guide for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering. View all posts by luelaine15

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