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How a concrete pump works

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How concrete pumping works

Ever wondered how they constructed the floors of multi-floor office buildings or the floors of those huge shopping malls?

The floor area seems to go on forever… indestructible. Or that is how I perceive it. This is the ultimate reason why I do not like shopping in those large shopping malls. How do people walk for miles and miles on end without getting cramps in their feet? Well, this I don’t know. What I do know is how the concrete on those floors got there.

When large slabs are being constructed, the concrete being used are not placed there manually like in the past. To speed up the work and to be able to pour large amounts of concrete onto a slab before the concrete starts to set, concrete pumps do the job.

When the formwork of a slab is completed, it is time for the building contractor to order the ready mixed concrete for the slab and to book a suitable concrete pump.

On the day, the concrete pump is set up by a competent concrete pump operator next to the slab. The ready mixed concrete arrives on the construction site and pours the concrete into the hopper of the concrete pump. The hopper is located at the back of the concrete pump. The powerful hydraulic system of the concrete pump (with guidance from the concrete pump operator) then pumps the concrete through the lengthy pipeline to wherever the concrete is supposed to go. The concrete pump operator positions and guides the boom/pipeline with his super awesome remote control, making the pouring of concrete quick and hassle-free.

Concrete pumps can pump up to 150 cubes of concrete per hour. Pretty amazing equipment if you ask me. Well, there you have it. The very short story of how a concrete pump works. Next time when you go shopping, you will know about the cutting edge technologies involved in constructing the shiny floors you walk on.

How concrete pumping works
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Author: Erika du Plessis

This post has 5 Comments

  1. siaosi on September 15, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply

    For people like me, this diagram helps quite a bit. I have always wondered how concrete pumping works. I am really happy they they came up with this process, it seems to be very efficient.

    • Erika du Plessis on January 15, 2017 at 3:47 pm Reply

      Hi Siaosi, I am glad that you found this helpful. Very efficient indeed. Thank you for your feedback πŸ˜€

  2. Doris on March 30, 2017 at 3:39 am Reply

    This diagram is so cute and very helpful to understand. Thanks for your sharing.

    • Erika du Plessis on April 24, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply

      Thank you Doris, much appreciated.

  3. Sophie on May 22, 2017 at 2:53 am Reply

    It is helpful and easy to understand, thank you for your sharing.

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