Concrete Manufacturing

Concrete is one of the world’s most predominant building materials with more than 4 billion tons produced annually. Carmeuse is a reliable supplier of limestone products for use in concrete manufacturing processes.

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The Process of Manufacturing Concrete

There are different types of concrete depending on the use case ranging from plane concrete to reinforced concrete containing steel bars or rods. The exact process can vary depending on the type of concrete being produced (e.g., ready-mix concrete, precast concrete, or on-site mixing) and the specific project requirements. However, all concrete at its base is created by mixing aggregates, cement, and water. The quality and proportions of these materials are carefully chosen to meet specific project requirements.

The dry ingredients are mixed together in precise proportions in a concrete mixer where water is added to create a uniform mixture. The cement and water combine to create a binder while the course and fine aggregates serve as a filler.

Once mixed, the resulting concrete blend is poured or molded into the desired form. The concrete mixture sets and hardens through a chemical process called hydration, where cement particles react with water. The concrete continues to gain strength over days, weeks, and even months.