A practical approach to fabric-formed concrete

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Fabric formwork holds huge potential to offer an economically viable alternative to conventional rigid moulds by casting concrete in flexible membranes, which are allowed to deflect and create non-uniform concrete shapes. However, the complexity of design and the uncertainty in achieving adequate construction tolerances present major challenges to the application of fabric-formed concrete for building structural elements. This paper proposes a practical approach to form-finding and design of structural concrete elements cast in fabric formwork, readily applicable in conjunction with conventional design methods. It also provides guidance on the control of dimension tolerances during construction and encourages consideration of new possibilities for a combination of fabric formwork and flexible reinforcement types in the future.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSustainable Construction Materials and Technologies
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event5th International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies, SCMT 2019 - Kingston upon Thames, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Jul 201917 Jul 2019


  • Fabric-formed concrete
  • Formwork
  • Rigid moulds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)


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