Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete: Principles, Production, Properties and Applications

1st Edition

Peter J.M. Bartos

Whittles Publishing
Published August 22, 2017
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9781849953269 - CAT# K338928

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Glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC) is the most complex material

widely used in current construction practice. It is an unusual composite, in

which both the matrix and the reinforcement themselves are composites.

This book provides guidance on the properties, its specification, testing

and the latest methods for efficient production. Detailed information is

presented about the unique aspects of the internal structure and fracture

mechanisms of GRC and how the latest advances in nanotechnology are

leading towards a fuller understanding of the rational design of GRC and

the potential for further improvement of properties beyond those used in

contemporary construction practice.

GRC is already firmly established as the high-tech material of choice for architects and designers and recent decades

have witnessed a rapid increase in production of GRC world-wide. However, to provide the full picture and encompass the

most recent developments in GRC and how it can be exploited in major projects, a substantial part of the book is made up

of case studies.

GRC has been always a very versatile material; however, its range of practical applications has grown significantly.

From small, simple items (flowerpots, drainage channels, window sills, etc.) to large-scale, high-tech iconic projects from

leading architects, where GRC has to cope with the highest demands regarding structural complexity, freedom of shape,

striking appearance combined with durability and overall quality and excellent environmental performance. The

composite is well used in the reconstruction of complex historic facades and GRC has moved beyond construction into the

domain of art and interior decorations and furniture. The case studies show numerous examples of such designs and

products, including recently developed large double-curved panels with unusual surfaces and strong colours, and selfcleaning

and photocatalytic (air-cleaning) e-GRC.


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