S. P. Shah*, P. N. Balaguru

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Ferrocement is a type of thin reinforced concrete construction where usually a hydraulic cement is reinforced with layers of continuous and relatively small-diameter wire meshes. In the past 20 years there has been increasing field application and laboratory research with this type of construction. This chapter is intended to provide the basic state-of-the-art knowledge for both designers and researchers. The chapter is divided into six sections dealing with the definition and introduction, history of development, mechanical behavior, recommendations for material selection and design, applications and conclusions. Properties of ferrocement in compression, tension and flexure are presented in the mechanical behavior section. Design recommendations provide guidelines regarding allowable stresses and serviceability criteria. A design example is worked out to clarify the analysis procedure for axial forces and bending. Applications of ferrocement for construction of boats, silos, tanks and roof shells are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSurrey Univ Press (Concr Technol and Des, v 2)
Number of pages51
ISBN (Print)0903384477
StatePublished - 1984

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  • General Engineering


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