Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete : Principles, Production, Properties and Applications, Hardback Book

Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete : Principles, Production, Properties and Applications Hardback

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Glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC) is the most complex materialwidely used in current construction practice.

It is an unusual composite, inwhich both the matrix and the reinforcement themselves are composites. This book provides guidance on the properties, its specification, testingand the latest methods for efficient production.

Detailed information ispresented about the unique aspects of the internal structure and fracturemechanisms of GRC and how the latest advances in nanotechnology areleading towards a fuller understanding of the rational design of GRC andthe potential for further improvement of properties beyond those used incontemporary construction practice. GRC is already firmly established as the high-tech material of choice for architects and designers and recent decadeshave witnessed a rapid increase in production of GRC world-wide.

However, to provide the full picture and encompass themost recent developments in GRC and how it can be exploited in major projects, a substantial part of the book is made upof 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 fromleading 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.

Thecomposite is well used in the reconstruction of complex historic facades and GRC has moved beyond construction into thedomain of art and interior decorations and furniture.

The case studies show numerous examples of such designs andproducts, including recently developed large double-curved panels with unusual surfaces and strong colours, and selfcleaningand photocatalytic (air-cleaning) e-GRC.

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