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Manufacturing Double Curved Precast ConcretePanels


Using Flexible Moulds

 


Free form architecture with complex geometry brings along new challenges for manufacturers of building components. This article describes the application of structural mechanics to predict the behaviour of an elastic mould surface, used as formwork for the manufacturing of double curved panels in precast concrete. Results are presented of laboratory experiments with a formwork to validate the model. The authors demonstrate that the model together with the mould prototype enables a flexible yet straightforward production method for curved concrete products that is applicable in many free form architecture projects nowadays.

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