The Three Gorges Dam is the heaviest concrete structure in the world and in 2012 it was the largest hydroelectric dam in the world in production. Just in concrete, it is said to weigh as much as 144,309,356,753.51 lbs. It spans the Yangtze River in central China and was completed in 2006. This dam has been the world’s largest power station as it pertains to its rated capacity which is 22,500 megawatts.
The Three Gorges Dam
has been the world’s largest power station as it pertains to its rated capacity which is 22,500 megawatts
The dam is 7,661 feet long and is measures to the top of it 607 feet above sea level and sits 594 feet above the rock base. In order to create this structure, 134.2 million cubic yards of earth had to be excavated and moved. The project used 35.6 million cubic yards of concrete. Along with an astonishing amount of concrete, 463,000 tonnes of steel were used, enough to build 63 Eiffel Towers.
Concrete is one of the most commonly used materials around the world for underwater structures due to how highly resistant it is to fire and water and the most widely used man-made material on the planet. According to the Washington Post, China has used more cement in 2011-2013 than the United States use in all of the 20th century. The total project cost including resettling over a million displaced people is estimated at $22.5 billion.
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This industry takes a lot of heavy machinery and tough labor, but it also requires as much or more planning, critical thinking, and fine touch to get a quality finished product. It is a very rewarding career and keeps you constantly on your toes being that 2 days are never the same. It is a profession that has been around for a long time and is ever-evolving and still remains a very vital staple in today’s economy.
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