[WORLDKINGS] On this day - July 16,2023 - The 156th anniversary of Joseph Monier patenting reinforced concrete (1867)

16-07-2023

(Worldkings.org) Joseph Monier obtained his first patent on July 16, 1867, on iron-reinforced troughs for horticulture.

Joseph Monier (French: [mɔnje]; 8 November 1823, Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, France – 13 March 1906, Paris) was a French gardener and one of the principal inventors of reinforced concrete.

 

As a gardener, Monier was not satisfied with the materials available for making flowerpots. Clay was easily broken and wood weathered badly and could be broken by the plant roots. Monier began making concrete pots and tubs, but these were not stable enough. In order to strengthen the concrete containers, he experimented with embedded iron mesh. He was not the first to experiment with reinforced concrete, but he saw some of the possibilities in the technique, and promoted it extensively.

Monier exhibited his invention at the Paris Exposition of 1867. He obtained his first patent on 16 July 1867, on iron-reinforced troughs for horticulture.

 

He continued to find new uses for the material, and obtained more patents — iron-reinforced concrete pipes and basins (1868); iron-reinforced concrete panels for building façades (1869); bridges made of iron-reinforced concrete (1873); reinforced concrete beams (1878). In 1875, the first iron-reinforced concrete bridge ever built was constructed at the Castle of Chazelet. Monier was the designer.

Monier's invention revolutionized the construction industry and is still widely used today in the construction of large structures such as skyscrapers, dams, and bridges.

 

According to Wikipedia


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