Reinforcements are backbone of the building – by Piu & Chiru

(Yes, you heard right, those two idiotic friends of mine who met you before signifying importance of cement are now interested to guide you even further. For a recall, Piu’s house was getting to be renovated and was still in under-construction, while Chiru is a resourceful girl. So now, let’s see what his house is upto.)


Chiru : Hey it’s really been a long time, How’s your house renovation going?

Piu : Well, that’s going good and I have something very interesting similarity between me and my new house!

Chiru : Similarity? But what?

Piu : I knew I’ll get a puzzled face after you know that my new house too got spikes on its head like me! Those steel bars won my heart in perfectly arranging themselves like my hairstyle.

Reinforcement bars of an under-construction structure

Chiru : That’s pretty weird!!! Well, concerning about steel bars, they are famous by their name Reinforcement as a use in tension device in reinforced concrete and respective structure built is Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) structure.

Piu : Oh, now I’m more curious to know who first brought these spikes into existence?

Monolithic construction by steel reinforcements

Chiru : Then you should thank Franรงois Coignet for using it as iron-reinforced concrete in building structures. Moreover, he did it for creating a monolithic construction preventing from overturning rather than imparting strength to the building! The theory of increased tensile strength was found later.

Piu : Wow, inventing something without knowing is really surprising.

Chiru : Yes it is. A pioneer in the development of structural, prefabricated and reinforced concrete Joseph Monier was once dissatisfied with existing materials available for making durable flowerpots. Eventually he was granted a patent for reinforced flowerpots by means of mixing a wire mesh to a mortar shell and received another patent for advanced techniques in column grid pattern.

Among the two people, Ernest L. Ransome used Monier’s knowledge and innovated nearly all styles and techniques of the previous known inventors of reinforced concrete such as, twisting the reinforcing steel bar improving bonding with the concrete. The second person was G. A. Wayss, who purchased the German rights to Monier’s licenses and in 1884, he began the first business use for fortified cement in quite a while firm Wayss and Freytag.

Piu : That means use of reinforced concrete was from around 150 years ago!

Chime Tower, Mills College, El Campanil

Chiru : Being specific, In 1904 Julia Morgan, an American designer and architect who spearheaded the stylish utilization of fortified concrete, finished her previously strengthened solid structure, the 72-foot chime tower at Mills College, El Campanil, which is situated over the cove from San Francisco. After two years, El Campanil endure the 1906 San Francisco seismic tremor with no harm, which helped assemble her notoriety and dispatch her productive vocation.

And eventually, many discoveries and inventions took places with appropriate design rules coded countrywide.

Piu : Remarkable one! But are there only steel reinforcements used till date?

Chiru : No, not only but majorly. The rest find their advantage in nonmetallic reinforcements which are called Fibre Reinforcements or FRC. They are mostly used for on-ground floors and pavements, but can also be considered for a wide range of construction parts (beams, pillars, foundations, etc.), either alone or with hand-tied rebars.

Piu : Well my spikes are so well innovated was totally unknown for me. I must say thanks for great information.

23 thoughts on “Reinforcements are backbone of the building – by Piu & Chiru

  1. Presenting this form of “constructive” dialogue to let us know the provenance of the items used in construction is very original. It is a lot of fun and at the same time you let us know about a subject that we see every day when we walk through the city and that we could never have imagined asking ourselves what they were made of.
    It is a success on your part to make us participate in that way in your blog.
    My greetings

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    1. Thank you so much Sir for your over whelming responses โ˜บ๏ธ. This actually made my day! The efforts an author makes turns into a great success when the audience is satisfied with your content.
      My niche about civil engineering and construction technologies is not only something that is concerned to civil engineers, but to be aware by everyone as a part of it.

      Thank you so much for understanding my aspect๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿค—


      1. I understand it perfectly and I am pleased that young people like you, treat a subject with that ease so that all your readers can assimilate it without difficulty. A great success on your part.

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