Hybrid structures – successfully combining differing materials – wood, concrete, steel

Tomorrow’s Precast Component Industry – Part 3/8

Joining differing materials together to create new composite construction materials is one way of fulfilling today’s requirements concerning the energy, sustainability and, at the same time, cost-effectiveness of a construction method. Suitably combining differing construction materials assumes an important function particularly from the aspect of a construction component’s multifunctional usage [1]. Each of the materials has corresponding advantages in relation to load-bearing capacity, energetic use, sustainability etc. This means that the challenge in future will be to combine materials in order to exploit this material combination to the maximum advantage possible. Successful applications have already been made with steel and concrete that absorb great stresses with each material. Material combinations can also solve problems in other instances.

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