Dimensioning and Fabrication Technique

Thin-walled Shell Structure made of Textile Reinforced Concrete

At RWTHAachen University currently a pavilion is realized with a load-bearing structure consisting of four large-sized concrete shells. As reinforcement a non-corroding high strength textile fabrics made of Carbon is used, which allows for the filigree, double-curved concrete shells with dimensions of 7m x 7m (23ft x 23ft) and a thickness of only 6cm (2,4in). The shells are supported at their center by a precast reinforced concrete column and arranged in a 2 x 2 grid. After installation of the circumferential glass façade the building will have a usable surface of 14m x 14m (46ft x 46ft) and a...

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