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When a structural beam is loaded from above, the force creates compression on the upper surface and tension on the lower surface. Concrete can withstand ten times as much compression as it can tension. Since concrete is much less capable of supporting tension, it is along the bottom that steel reinforcement is most important.

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Curriculum and Instruction | Engineering | Science and Mathematics Education

Activity 4: Testing Student-made Concrete Decks



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