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You might use the same technique as the cold-storage people.  They put
sloping pipes below the foundation, and keep the ground from freezing by
using outside or heated air constantly circulating below the floor slab.

You could use cooling coils in the upper region of the concrete to keep the
concrete from getting overheated.

Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561

> From: Harold Sprague <harold.sprague(--nospam--at)>
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
> Subject: RE: Concrete at high temperature
> Date: Monday, February 15, 1999 9:03 AM
> Maria,
> Please keep in mind that insulation does not prevent the transfer of
> It slows it down.  Frankly, I don't know how the galvanizers address the
> problem.  I would advise that you call the American Galvanizers
> at 303-750-2900, located in Aurora, Colorado.
> Regards,
> Harold Sprague
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Maria I. Falconi [mailto:maisabel(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Friday, February 12, 1999 11:23 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Concrete at high temperature
> Dear Colleagues,
> I have a new interesting problem.  I have to design a 500 mm (20 in)
> mat foundation for a 4 m x 6 m in plan hot-dip galvanizing tank.  The
> concrete will have a layer of refractory bricks as a barrier against the
> metal tank.  Temperature in the tank can get as high as 800 degrees C
> 1500 F).  How will this affect the concrete, cast against the ground? 
> bad will its effect be on the reinforcement?  How much isolation will the
> brick give to the concrete?  I guess it's like concrete under fire.  In
> case, how many hours must the fire rating be?
> Thanks in advance.
> Maria I. Falconi
> Guayaquil, Ecuador