IN-SITU REINFORCED CONCRETE BUILDINGS
 

In-situ reinforced concrete dwellings are much more resistance to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and spates. As climate change advances and people invest more in their dwellings, the advantages of in-situ reinforced concrete dwellings take on greater relevance. Reinforced concrete dwellings are safer against gale-force winds, such as hurricanes and tornados. During a hurricane, flying rubble is the greatest danger to people and buildings. Recent laboratory tests in the Texas Tech University wind-tunnel compared the impact strength of a reinforced concrete wall with that of a brick wall. Only concrete walls tuned out to have the necessary resistance and mass to withstand the impacts of rubble. Employing simulated winds of up to 400 km/h, which is a speed that is higher than even those of hurricanes and tornados, the reinforced concrete walls reduced the effects of rubble impacts and their structural damage. In a series of resistance test, the concrete was four times more resistant to the maximum possible wind force and five times more resistant to the greatest magnitude earthquake (CFA), with a compression strength considerably higher than that actually required. The inhabitants in areas with flood risk can be better prepared in in-situ reinforced concrete dwellings which reduce the effects of spates to a minimum.

 
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