Building resilient structures can never happen if we don’t prepare against cracks and seepages. Building resiliency is a major part of building sustainable structures that stand the test of time. Cracks can negatively affect aesthetics and durability. If not looked after, they can lead to deeper openings which destroy buildings. Though cracks happen due to a number of reasons, the important deal is in how we choose to prevent them.
SURFACES REPORTER in association with Nuvoco Vistas Corp Ltd recently organised a knowledge session with eminent speakers, structural consultants alongside a new product launch Concreto CWT Plus by Nuvoco aptly termed #ConcreteKaAntibody
The Panelists included
Engineer Sangeeta Wij, MD, SD Engineering Consultants LLP, and former Tech Director at Aecom
Dr. Abhay Gupta, Director, Skeleton Consultants Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Vipul Ahuja Director/ CEO, Ahuja Consultants Pvt. Ltd
Mr. Prashant Jha, Chief, Ready-Mix Concrete, Nuvoco Vistas Corp Ltd
Mr. Pranav Desai, Head-CDIC & New Product Development, Nuvoco Vistas Corp Ltd.
The session was moderated by Vertica Dvivedi, Editor-in-Chief, Surfaces Reporter. Here are some excerpts from the same. Share your opinions/ views and more information on the subject to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vertica Dvivedi: Concrete buildings are highly popular in the construction industry, due to their durability, cost-effectiveness, and aesthetic appeal. However, they have one significant challenge, which is cracks and water seepages through the structure.
Water travels through the capillaries and cracks are formed in the concrete, damaging the building and requiring a lot of maintenance, time, and cost. How to mitigate this issue? How to solve this problem? It is not just about the cost, time, and inconvenience, but more so about the danger to human lives who are living within the building.
Let’s know about these and more from the panelists:
Sangeeta Wij: I think cracks are really a worrying issue for all the people and professionals in our industry. Cracks, as we know, can be structural and non-structural. Non-structural cracks are due to plastic shrinkage and environmental effects and may not harm the structure directly. However, if prolonged exposure happens, even non-structural cracks can cause corrosion. Corrosion happens when we have water, oxygen, and steel which is not stainless.
So, corrosion happens and it further propagates cracking. So much so, that we have seen cracks in prestigious and luxurious condominiums while they were being built. These entire structures were in danger. The other types of cracks we can usually come across is structural cracks which are in the structural elements like beams, columns, and slabs.
They can be due to inadequate design provision in the structural designs that have not catered to the differential thermal and temperature loads. It can also be due to poor execution as the construction has been compromised and enough cover has not been provided and the concrete has not been vibrated properly.
Dr Abhay Gupta: Cracks affect the life of the building not only by structural strength reduction but also by continuous seepage through them. This can be either rainwater (if it is a superstructure crack). There are other kinds of cracks too observed in the non-tower areas of large apartments with basements, expansion joints, and connections between the tower and non-tower.
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