Textile Reinforced Concrete: Investigations at Different Levels


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Title: Textile Reinforced Concrete: Investigations at Different Levels

Author(s): J. Hegger, A. Sherif, O. Bruckermann, M. Konrad

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 224


Appears on pages(s): 33-44

Keywords: analysis, finite elements, material model, multi-level, textile reinforced concrete

Date: 12/1/2004

Even though the knowledge about the load bearing behavior of Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) is still limited, there are already applications of TRC such as cladding panels and integrated framework systems. Up to the present, the design and dimensioning of TRC members is mainly based on extensive test series targeted to the particular application. Certainly, this approach is very goal-oriented. However, because design rules are not supported by mechanical models, high safety factors are incorporated. Within the scope of the collaborative research center “TRC: foundations for the development of a new technology” (SFB 532) at the Technical University of Aachen, Germany, the missing consistent description of the load bearing behavior of TRC is being developed. Thereby, experiments and numerical simulations at different levels, i.e., micro-, meso- and macro-levels, are performed. In this paper, the main results of the research program are presented.