Precast Concrete Offers New Possibilites for Design of Shell Structures

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Title: Precast Concrete Offers New Possibilites for Design of Shell Structures

Author(s): Pier Luigi Nervi

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 49

Issue: 2

Appears on pages(s): 537-548

Keywords: no keywords

Date: 2/1/1953

Abstract:
Bold use of precast concrete in construction of various types of shell structures offers savings in material and formwork costs, as well as facilitating rapid construction. Outstanding examples of thin-shell construction, such as hangers, exhibition halls, and even naval vessels, are described. Special emphasis is placed on the use of precast elements in arched roofs, proving that precast and cast-in-place concrete can be used together, without losing the advantages of either. Details are given on the utilization of thin precast units in corrugated barrel vault structures.