Deutsch: Aggregat / Français: Agrêgat
An aggregate is a collection of items that are gathered together to form a total quantity.
In the industrial context, 'aggregate' typically refers to a mixture of various materials such as sand, gravel, crushed stone, or slag that are used in construction to create concrete or other building materials.
Examples of the use of aggregate in industry include:
- Concrete production: aggregates are used as a key ingredient in the production of concrete, which is one of the most commonly used construction materials.
- Road construction: aggregates are used in the construction of roads as a base material for the surface layer.
- Railroad ballast: aggregates are used as a foundation for railroad tracks to provide stability and support.
- Building foundations: aggregates are used in the construction of building foundations to create a stable base for the structure.
Other similar things to aggregate in the industrial context include:
- Cement: a binding agent that is often mixed with aggregate to create concrete.
- Asphalt: a mixture of aggregate and bitumen used for road construction.
- Grout: a mixture of cement, water, and sand or gravel used to fill gaps or reinforce structures.
- Mortar: a mixture of cement, water, sand, and sometimes lime used to hold together building materials such as bricks or stones.