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Where should be the direction of gunning in shotcreting?

During the construction of shotcrete, it is aimed at gunning the full thickness in one single operation and this helps to reduce the occurrence of possible delamination and formation of planes of weakness. Moreover, the nozzles should be held about 0.6m to 1.8m from the surface and normal to the receiving surface. The reason of gunning perpendicular to the receiving surface is to avoid the possible rebound and rolling resultingfrom gunning at an angle deviated from the perpendicular. The rolled shotcrete creates a non-uniform surface which serves to trap overspray and shotcrete resulting from the rebounding action. This is undesirable because of the wastage of materials and the generation of uneven and rough surface


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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