chapter  2
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MATERIALS, STRUCTURAL FAILURES AND DURABILITY

Reinforced concrete is a composite material of steel bars embedded in a hardened concrete matrix; concrete, assisted by the steel, carries the compressive forces, while steel resists tensile forces. Concrete itself is a composite material. The dry mix consists of cement and coarse and fine aggregates. Water is added and this reacts with the cement which hardens and binds the aggregates into the concrete matrix; the concrete matrix sticks or bonds onto the reinforcing bars.