Advanced composite reinforcement for fabric-formed structural elements

Kaloyana Kostova, T J Ibell, A P Darby, M Evernden

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This paper examines the advantages of using advanced composite reinforcement for the design and construction of fabric-formed concrete structures. Due to their corrosion resistance, reinforcing bars made of glass or carbon fibre reinforced polymers could solve the existing problem of ensuring the necessary protective concrete cover to steel reinforcement in fabric-formed elements. In addition, using non-corrodable reinforcement offers a possibility to reduce the carbon footprint of fabric-formed structures by replacing the ordinary Portland cement concrete with low carbon concrete types. Moreover, the low alkalinity of such concrete types, which is problematic in the case of steel bars, may improve the durability of glass fibres. The results of three initial fabric-formed beam tests using fibre reinforced polymer bars are presented in this paper and new construction possibilities are revealed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second International Conference on Flexible Formwork: icff2012
EditorsJohn Orr, Mark Evernden, Antony Darby, Tim Ibell
Place of PublicationBath
PublisherThe BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials
ISBN (Print)9780861971862
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
EventSecond International Conference on Flexible Formwork (icff2012) - University of Bath, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201229 Jun 2012


ConferenceSecond International Conference on Flexible Formwork (icff2012)
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom
CityUniversity of Bath


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