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32 YEARS WITH FERROCEMENT FROM SMALL PREFABRICATED BRIDGES TO PONTOONS FOR FLOATING HOUSES



Author(s): Carlos A. Gschwind
Book Title: FERRO-11 – 11th International Symposium on Ferrocement and 3rd ICTRC - International Conference on Textile Reinforced Concrete
Editor: Wolfgang Brameshuber
Print-ISBN: 978-2-35158-152-0
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-153-7
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2015
Pages: 395-406
Total Pages: 12
Language: English


Abstract: We began to work with ferrocement in 1983. The first development was a small prefabricated bridge system. Culverts of 2.00, 3.00 and 4.00 m of span made with parabolic arched plates. The intention was to replace the reinforced concrete tubes and the ARMCO steel culverts. The result was successful because the plate was more resistant, more durable and cheaper than other products in the market. Then, we built walls for houses, with two thin walls of ferrocement stuffed with granulated volcanic stone. In 1993 we began to use polypropylene fiber as reinforcement for ferrocement structures. Under the necessity to replace imported gabions and mattresses filled with stone that has a very expensive transport cost, we developed hollow parts stuffed with sand, ground, mud or any local material. In 1994 we began to build swimming pools of different kinds and sizes. So far, we made more than 200 pools. The greatest is of 20 x 43 m and 1.000.000 liters. An Argentinean company, whose plan was to build 30 floating houses near Buenos Aires city, entrusted us to build pontoons for them. We also developed pontoons with a bottom that has undulations and a curve beam on the top all around it to provide greater resistance for the entire hull.


Online publication: 2015
Publication Type: full_text
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