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Construction Applications Of Stone Crushers

By Qiao JingLiang

Stone crushers are most often referred to in terms of mining applications. Huge and powerful stone crushers, such as cone crushers, gyratory crushers and jaw crushers, break down the mined ore into more manageable rocks and stones that are easier to process. These are commonly referred to as primary crushers because they are the first crushers in the process. Other commercial and industrial applications generally make use of stone crushers that are suitable for secondary or tertiary applications. In other words, the stones are already in rock form and simply crushed to a much smaller size so they can be used in a variety of construction and industrial applications. Let’s look at a number of applications for stone crushers in construction.

Providing Aggregate for Concrete

Because of its solid structure once it is set, concrete is one of the preferred elements used in most modern construction activities. Think of bridges and highways, and the many large high-rise buildings in your city. Almost all of them are made with a combination of concrete and other metal reinforcement. Concrete is made up of cement, course and fine aggregate, fly ash or slag cement, and chemicals that strengthen and bond the various components. All of this is then mixed together with water. The coarse aggregate is generally coarsely crushed stone and the fine aggregate is usually sand which can also be finely crushed stone. Stone crushers are used widely in construction applications to prepare the aggregate for concrete. Smaller mobile crusher units are often taken on site to facilitate the construction process.

Industrial Recycling of Waste Materials

With civil engineering and construction projects, there is often demolition that takes place before the new construction can begin. Rather than dump the waste materials, the building rubble is often recycled through stone crushers to be used as materials for foundations and aggregate. The actual use of the recycled materials will be depend on its makeup and perceived strength. Some builders are not confident using bricks as they are much softer than stone or concrete. The actual application will also determine if it is suitable to use recycled materials. Even if the materials are not used in further construction processes, often they are still processed through stone crushing machines. What this does is break the rubble down to a more manageable size so it can be more easily transferred and transported. When it is dumped at a waste site, the materials will breakdown much easier if they are already a smaller size.

Foundations for Public Roads

Building roads is far more complex than most people think. It is not as simple as leveling off a surface and pouring some tar on top of it. For a road to last, it must have a structure that will withstand heavy loads, extreme temperatures, high and low levels of humidity and moisture, and environmental stresses. A large part of roadwork is laying foundations that can withstand the pressure of heavy traffic. Crushed stone, together with other resistant materials, is used as part of the foundation for roads. The size of the stone is largely defined by the structure of the road. If an overpass or ramp is being built, larger boulders will be used at the base and smaller stones will be used near the top. Stone crushers can be used to process the same materials for the different size requirements.

Building Foundations

Building foundations require strong materials in order for them to be effective. While some construction companies will use recycled materials, others will opt for new raw materials. Regardless of which type of stone aggregate is chosen, all of it needs to be processed in stone crushers. Once it is the required size, it is blended with the other components to make concrete that is poured into the foundations.

Gravel Driveways and Garden Landscaping

Gravel and crushed stone are being used quite extensively in garden landscaping these days. Different colors and sizes of stones are used to create features in gardens, along walkways, around fountains and in driveways. If you have a property that slopes, crushed stone can be used to level off and reinforce the ground without preventing the growth of lawn or garden beds on top of it. The crushed stone is mixed together with the soil to build up or level off an area. The stone provides the structural support and makes the area more resistant to sagging and erosion. In areas where it is difficult to cultivate lawn, homeowners may opt to use crushed stone to landscape their gardens.

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