It is a matter of pride for every Indian to witness unprecedented infrastructure development in the form of projects such as Smart Cities, Industrial Corridors, Sagarmala and Bharat Mala, multi-level flyovers, tunnels, etc. What is not commonly known is that several of these projects are located in seismic zones or zones which are prone to experiencing natural disasters from time to time.
Although it is hazardous, developing infrastructure in these locations is critical to India’s progress. Moreover, a large portion of our population live and work in these perilous areas. Better infrastructure will ensure better safety and quality of life for the people living there. It is therefore important to note that while one cannot prevent or avert these disasters, it is not impossible to ensure that the loss of life and property thereof is mitigated, or even avoided completely, when and if a disaster strikes.
The Himalayan ranges and its nearby areas which have been facing sudden floods, earthquakes and landslides; the eastern coast of India which experiences cyclones and severe storms; the west coast which has been experiencing floods, heavy rains and landslides, the internal land mass in the southern Peninsula, which is prone to recurring cyclonic flooding etc., are some examples.
How the use of seismic-resistant steel helps in disaster prone zones
Even though natural disasters leave massive destruction in their wake, it has been noticed that a few very strong buildings and structures have survived, unscathed. More often than not, it is because these buildings have been built using superior quality materials that possess built-in resistance and response to seismic activity. Key among such materials are Thermo Mechanically Treated (TMT) steel rods. TMT steel rods have the ability to resist seismic attacks and prevent structural damage.
Prime advantages of using these steel rods in seismic zones are:
Stronger, lasting structures due to corrosion-resistance
Structures built using materials that are not corrosion-resistant are the first causalities of any natural disaster, because corrosion weakens structures. However, good quality TMT rods have enhanced anti-corrosion properties. They have a unique cross-rib formation which ensures that building concrete is always tightly bonded with the iron rod. When matched with their superior bendability, these iron rods keep buildings standing, even under high stress.
Ductility, without doubt, is the most important feature of TMT rods. Their unique manufacturing process makes them highly strong and yet flexible, giving a high level of the same characteristics to the building as well. As a result, when buildings are jolted during a natural disaster, they retain their structure intact.
TMT steel rods are available in various grades of strength depending on the brand. These can be used to serve different purposes in a building.
High quality TMT bars / rods do not melt even in case of a fire. The structure remains intact. In any natural disaster, the most damage is done when a building collapses. Yet, with the best quality TMT bars at your disposal, you can be sure of the longevity and strength for your building, whether it is a commercial construction, residential building or an infrastructure project. Radha TMT, a leading manufacturer of TMT rods since decades, offers bars of the highest quality of strength, weldability and bendability. Radha TMT bars have stood the test of fire and storm, quake and flood. They are on par with the best of breed TMT bars. They add greater value to every construction and grant extra strength to every beam.