Fabric formed concrete

Low cost – inexpensive formwork: Placing wet concrete in fabric formwork fabric will cause the fabric to adopt the most efficient geometry to carry the weight of the wet concrete. The formwork needs little or no additional bracing other than direct support of the fabric itself.  The key is to control the geometry and deformation of the fabric to achieve the required shape.

Improved quality of concrete: The porous nature of the fabric aids, curing and reduces defects on the surface of the concrete. Excess water and air is allowed to bleed through the fabric. Blemishes and air holes are reduced with improvements in surface texture and appearance. The density, strength and durability of the surface concrete are also improved.

Structurally efficient forms: Fabric can be used to produce elements with variable cross-sections that change in both depth and breadth to follow the principle stresses.  The quantity of concrete used and hence the self-weight of the structure can therefore be considerably reduced compared with conventional rectangular cross-sections.llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

Finish: The surface of the concrete is controlled directly by the nature and texture of the fabric. The range of surface, texture and tone is governed by the surface, texture and permeability of the fabric

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Connection: In any construction process accuracy and precision is essential. Fabric forming may create complex forms that cannot always be predicted precisely. The design of any element involves the establishment of the key sections where precision is critical such as connections. A variety of connection and assembly techniques have been developed.



2 Responses to Fabric formed concrete

  1. I am producing some arquitectonical elements using fabric cast concrete,and I will start pouring some curved moment beams,I will appreciate new info. regarding the
    moment beams such as deflection methodology.


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