concrete with a steel reinforcing framework. Reinforcing enables the concrete to perform in structural situations. Concrete by its nature resists high compressive loads (the heavy weight of a truck, for example). Steel reinforcing resists high-tensile loads (the pull to the left or right one would encounter on a bridge, for example).
A combination of steel and concrete using the best properties of each. The steel consists of rebar or reinforcing bars varying from 3/8 " to 2 1/4 " in diameter and is placed before concrete is poured.
Concrete in which reinforcement, other than that provided for temperature changes for shrinkage, has been embedded in such a- manner that the two materials act together in resisting forces. Concrete in which steel bars have been placed to sustain the tensile stresses.
A structural composite of concrete with embedded tendons designed to carry tensile loads. In reinforced concrete, the concrete itself carries compressive forces while the primary reinforcing carries tensile forces. The addition of reinforcement transforms a brittle, low tensile strength material into a strong, ductile material.
Reinforced concrete, also called ferroconcrete in some countries, is concrete in which reinforcement bars ("rebars") or fibers have been incorporated to strengthen a material that would otherwise be brittle. In industrialized countries, nearly all concrete used in construction is reinforced concrete.