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Title: Introduction
Author(s): W. Brameshuber, Tanja Brockmann
Paper category : book
Book title: Textile Reinforced Concrete - State-of-the-Art Report of RILEM TC 201-TRC
Editor(s): W. Brameshuber
Print-ISBN: 2-912143-99-3
e-ISBN: 2351580001
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2006
Pages: 1 - 3
Total Pages: 3
Nb references: 9
Language: English

Abstract: In civil engineering, steel reinforced concrete is the most important composite material which is used for structural applications. The combination of a high compressive strength of the concrete and a high tensile strength of the steel reinforcement leads to an appropriate load carrying capacity for many applications in the building industry. A rather new development of a composite material is textile reinforced concrete (TRC) where multi-axial fabrics are used in combination with fine grained concrete. This allows the design of very thin-structured concrete elements with a high strength in compression as well as in tension. The use of technical textiles, mainly made of alkali resistant (AR)-glass and sometimes of other materials like carbon or aramid, which are placed in the main stress direction of the composite, leads to a high effectiveness in comparison to the use of randomly distributed short fibres in the already known glass fibre reinforced concrete (GRC). However, as TRC is an innovative material, detailed information needed for the safe design of TRC load bearing structures is still missing and therefore, ambitious investigations in different research projects are carried out. Thus, the collaborative research centres “Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) – Technical Basis for the Development of a New Technology” (SFB 532) at RWTH Aachen University and "Textile Reinforcements for Structural Strengthening and Repair" (SFB 528) at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany [Heg2001, Cur2003, Heg2006] sponsored by the “Deutsche Forschungs-gemeinschaft (DFG)” have set out to investigate the basic mechanisms regarding the durability aspects, bonding characteristics as well as the load carrying capacity within guidelines and standards for the dimensioning of such thin-structured TRC elements. Despite these two very large research projects a lot of research work is conducted, e.g. in Israel [Pel2005], the USA [Dub2006], Greece [Pap2005], Belgium [Cuy2003], the UK [Pur2005] and Canada [Ald2001].

Online publication: 2006-06-02
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00

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