Potentials for the precast industry

Bridge construction with UHPFRC precast elements

Stringent requirements for bridge structures due to rising traffic volumes, accompanied by the age structure of bridges in Germany, are calling for fast construction of new and replacement structures. This can only be achieved with precast construction. Prefabrication can notably reduce construction time and, thereby minimize traffic interruptions.

Combining this construction method with ultra-high performance fibre reinforced concrete (UHPFRC), owing to its very high compressive strength and durability, very thin-walled, performance-oriented and durable UHPFRC precast solutions can be...

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