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Month: June 2014

Glass Reinforced Concrete: Guiding The Modern Architecture

Glass reinforced concrete represents a composite material consisting of fine-grained concrete (matrix) and dispersion reinforced with short glass fibers. Thus, glass reinforced concrete (or GRC) combines the typical of the conventional concrete high compressive strength with extreme flexibility and tensility (4-5 times higher than in concrete), strength (10-15 times higher) and frost resistance (more than 300 cycles).

This is an environmentally friendly material that does not contain harmful ingredients and belongs to the category of non-combustible materials. Glass reinforced concrete offers increased waterproofness and a high degree of adhesion to plain concrete, boasting high resistance to cracking at the same time. Easily molded, acquiring complex spatial shapes with GRC is a walk in the park mission, plus the material exactly replicates the tiniest details on the surface. Moreover, GRC products have a small cross-section (ranging from 6 to 20 mm) and are considerably lighter in comparison with the products of conventional concrete. Continue reading

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Parking Ventilation: The Basics Of Design Explained

The growing demand of both industrial towns and large cities in carports, caused by the high population density in the urban areas, throw designers together with a good number of challenges. The main objectives set to car park ventilation professionals are typically the following:

  • Maintain the acceptable indoor air parameters
  • Ensure decent fire resistance
  • Implement an environment-friendly system

Covered parking facilities are usually located below the ground level and require the installation of mechanical ventilation in nine cases out of ten. Semi-covered parking constructions, as a rule, are comprised of frames with multiple floors, though a roof and exterior walls may be partially or completely absent. This is where a natural or mixed ventilation system can be installed (a combination of natural and mechanical systems can also be installed for sites with a large floor area).

Closed car park ventilation system performs the following functions:

  • Maintains the allowable concentration of carbon monoxide (CO)
  • prevents the formation of explosive concentrations of flammable gases

Parking ventilation

The main factor determining the characteristics of a future parking ventilation system is the approximate number of cars serviced on a daily basis. This number is oftentimes determined by the type of construction, which represents the carport. As a rule, apartment buildings and shopping centers adopt the condition of constant and distributed car use, while the number of moving vehicles varies from 3% to 5% of the total number of cars. The situation is different in parking lots of sports facilities, concert halls, airports and etc. Here, the number of vehicles in simultaneous motion equals 15-20% during peak hours or during the hours that coincide with the beginning or the end of the business day.

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