Hardwearing Concrete for Rough Use
Conventional concrete pavement can and has been used for many industrial pavement applications.
An alternative concrete product, Roller-compacted concrete or RCC, can also be used for industrial pavements. RCC has the same basic ingredients as conventional concrete, but uses much less water. The drier mix is stiff and can be compacted by vibratory rollers like the ones used in asphalt paving. Constructed with no forms, hand finishing, cut joints (usually), dowels or steel reinforcement, RCC is a simple, fast, and economical means of paving large areas. It's also extremely tough and durable, even under severe loads in adverse environments. All these characteristics make it ideal for industrial uses, where large paved areas have to stand up to daily use, massive/impact loading, spills and specialized equipment.
RCC is extensively used by the forestry industry to pave log-sorting yards of 40 acres or more. It is also used for other heavy-duty applications such as: dam construction; port container handling areas; trucking storage and handling areas; military facility equipment storage and roadways; streets, intersections, parking areas and low-speed roadways.
Composting on Concrete
RCC is also used in large-scale composting operations. Storing and composting wastes directly on an RCC slab lowers operating costs, increases equipment efficiency and increases yield. Heavy machinery required to turn the large compost piles can travel on the RCC slab, and the slab can be configured to allow direct surface drainage of moisture to a holding pond or other storage facility.