Using fabric to shape appropriate frp-reinforced concrete structures

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Abstract

Fabric formwork is an emerging method for casting concrete in flexible membranes, which offers unrivalled opportunities to create architectural structures, as well as to shape structural elements appropriately and use concrete more efficiently. Research studies of fabric-formed beams carried out at the University of Bath have indicated that a minimum of 40% material savings are achievable with optimised design of fabric-formed concrete. Practical design tools and construction guidance have also been developed as part of the research studies to encourage the industrial application of fabric formwork. Reinforcing fabric-formed elements with FRP composite materials has been investigated for the significant advantages it provides in terms of installation and manufacturing techniques suitable for concrete elements with varying geometry. This paper presents experimentally tested construction approaches, proposed design methodology and experimental results, which validate the design method and demonstrate the possibility to build FRP-reinforced fabric-formed beams exhibiting ductile behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Engineering Materials, Structures and Systems
Subtitle of host publicationInnovations, Mechanics and Applications - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, 2019
EditorsAlphose Zingoni
PublisherCRC Press
Pages17-22
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138386969
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event7th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, 2019 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 2 Sep 20194 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Engineering Materials, Structures and Systems: Innovations, Mechanics and Applications - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, 2019

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, 2019
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period2/09/194/09/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics

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