The Hard Facts

Written by Barkman Concrete Published on July 30th, 2012

Over the past year, we’ve been posting all sorts of interesting information about concrete on our Twitter page.  We’ve compiled a list with a few of choice excerpts for your enjoyment.

At its peak, the Ancient Roman road system spanned more than 400,000km; 80,500km of which, was paved.

A U.S physicist by the name of John Coltman demonstrated a concrete flute that sounded identical to its cherry wood counterpart. He wanted to prove that design of a flute mattered more than the material being used.

Concrete is reportedly the second most used substance on earth after water.

The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest man-made structure at 828m. The building also holds the record for the highest vertical concrete pumping at 606m. Over 330,000 cubic meters of concrete was used in its construction.

The world record for breaking the most concrete blocks in one minute by hand was set by Tae Kwon Do champion Ali Bahcetepe, who broke 325.

Concrete has been used to create speaker cabinets since the 60’s. Because concrete is so dense and rigid, it vibrates very little, resulting in cleaner sound.

The world’s largest concrete structure is the Three Gorges Dam in China. The hydroelectric dam was finished July 4, 2012. It took an estimated 16 million cubic meters of concrete to build the structure over a period of 17 years.

During WWI, the US experimented with concrete ships; the largest of which was the SS Selma, an oil tanker which sank in 1922.

Ever heard of Pykcrete? It’s a concrete-like material made up of sawdust and ice that was proposed as a building material during WWII. The viability of Pykcrete was later tested on the show Mythbusters. The material proved to be much stronger than ice, but highly impractical in anything but a winter climate.

Image by ginnerobot.

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