Here are some general and historical facts concerning cement and concrete which you may find interesting and informative. Reading this short article helps you realize how significant concrete and cement have been, and still are in the world.
The Ancient Romans were among the first to develop concrete as a construction material. They achieved this by combining lime, water, and volcanic ash.
Cement is one of the essential ingredients in concrete, and above 2 billion tons of cement are made each year.
Concrete is used more than any material that is manmade in the world.
Thomas Edison had as many as 49 patents related to concrete. He constantly did experiments with concrete houses and concrete furniture. Could you imagine watching Netflix on a concrete sofa?
The Pantheon was built with concrete, and it’s up to this day the world’s biggest unreinforced concrete dome.
About six billion m3 of concrete is produced each year, which amounts to about one m3 for every person in the world.
Some natural deposit of cement stone was found in 1796 by the English. They studied the material and sold it as Roman Cement.
The biggest concrete structure in the world is Three Gorges Dam, being 185 meters high and 2308 meters long.
Concrete was coined by the Romans. The word ‘concrete’ comes from the Latin origin ‘Concretus’, which roughly translated means, to ‘grow together’.