Concrete As A Structural Material

Today’s Topics:

  • Concrete Masonry Unit
  • Concrete
  • Concrete 3-D Printing

Concrete Masonry Unit

Concrete masonry is one of the most versatile materials used for construction projects.

Many buildings around the world feature CMU as one of the main building materials.

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It is so common because it is a structural material.

It comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes. It can be configured in different ways, and it can host rebar as structural reinforcement.

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One of the best things about it is that it can be used as a facade or interior finish, but also be used to attach an facade or interior finish.


With many similar properties of a CMU block, concrete is something that rather than being stacked, is poured into place.

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In order for concrete to form, it has to be mixed into a solution with water, and poured into a form.

This makes concrete a very versatile material because if you have a more irregular shape, it would be hard for CMU, to stack up and fill that shape.

When you use concrete, it takes the shape of whatever it is filled into.

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Concrete works as a structural material and can also work as a building facade, floor, roof, interior finish, Or whatever you would like.

You will see some form of concrete almost anywhere you go.

Concrete 3-D Printing

One of the latest things innovating the world of architecture is 3-D printing concrete.

Currently it is not widely used as a manufacturing process, but research is being done, and tests are being taken to find out the feasibility of this new building method.

Image from Sculptio

It is very similar to how a regular 3-D printer would work, it is just applied at a much larger scale.

One of the main benefits of switching is that this is a cheaper alternative and can be used in a much more efficient manner.

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With this process, it minimizes waste products as it can be applied structurally from the start as the layers build upon each other.

Thank you for tuning into this week’s blog post, I hope you learned something about concrete and its applications. As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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