Concrete Design Australia

The Ins and Outs Of Concrete Design in Australia

Concrete is the second most used material in the world after water, with concrete being applied in a large proportion of built environment including homes, roads, railways, skyscrapers, bridges and dams. Generally, concrete structures built are designed to last between 25 to 100 years depending on the type of structures due to its durability requirement. Corrosion of reinforcement steel within concrete structures is difficult to detect and costly to repair. One of the well-known durability issues is so-called “concrete cancer” where spalling of concrete cover due to the corrosion of reinforcement is becoming a growing problem in Australia, given that a significant number of cities/Australian population located near the coastal area. 

How Does Concrete Design Work?

Concrete design is an evolving process with the Australian Standard for Concrete Structures (AS3600) regularly update between 3-6 years circle.  Cracking in reinforced concrete is common and normal while crack width and/or spacing can be controlled through engineering. Understanding the fundamentals behind the concrete design standard and detailing reinforcement can improve service life and robustness of the structure.  Ettol staffs have more than 10 years of experience in research of concrete-related structures and regularly published in the international peer-reviewed journals and conferences, while delivered concrete design lecturer at the Curtin University and the University of New South Wales. Ettol can optimise the reinforced concrete structure design to suit the needs of the client while offering significant saving in construction times and/or cost.

The Importance Of Concrete Design In Australia

Designing concrete accurately is crucial to ensuring we build safe paths, buildings, and structures. Ettol takes concrete design in Australia very seriously because we understand its importance within any project.

  • It’s often the foundation of your structure. Whether we’re building skyscrapers, warehouses, or marine infrastructure, concrete is at the foundation of everything we do. We must get the concrete design correct; otherwise, it could cause issues either immediately or years down the track.
  • It helps us prepare for everything. No two projects are the same, so why would you use the same concrete design for everything? We take into account what we’re creating concrete for, where it will be used, and the conditions it will be exposed to day after day. Whether its heat, ice, water, weight, or impact; we can design a concrete mix to suit the requirements. 
  • It allows our clients to be more economical. If you have a strict budget, we can design concrete that finds the perfect balance between strength, durability, and workability and value for money. We want you to be able to take control of every aspect of your project, and concrete design is another way of doing that. 

Different Types Of Concrete Mix Design

At Ettol, we pride ourselves on being able to design tailored concrete mixes to suit the needs of your project. However, there are two primary concrete types under which all concrete mixes fall.

  • Normal performance concrete. The most popularly used mix, standard performance concrete is highly workable and is semi-fluid, so it can be moulded as needed.
  • High-performance concrete. Usually containing higher levels of cement, high-performance concrete can be sticky and hard to handle. However, it reduces the weight of the concrete, reduces creep or permeability issues, and improves the durability of structures.

Contact Ettol If You Need Concrete Design In Australia

With over 40 years of combined experience in engineering, the team at Ettol are renowned for our professionalism, our commitment to our clients, and our impeccably high standards for our work. No matter what your project, Ettol are your go-to company for tailored concrete mix designs in Australia. We have a successful history of working with a vast range of industries such as construction, mining, product manufacturing, fabrication, marine, and environmental sectors. We’re always looking for a new challenge, so if you’re wondering what Ettol can do for you, contact us for a consultation today.