Tuesday, 7 February 2012

De Onlanden, Nature Reserve, Case Study

Case study ultra high performance concrete, observation tower, De Onlanden

The structure and design is acting as a experimental project to explore the possibilities of ultra high performance concrete and to fully test the potential of this relatively new material. The difference between UHPC is it consists of a very high density mix which obtains its tensile strength from either organic or steel fibres. I have a particular interest in UHPC because it may become a large part of my project 1 for research and design in the built environment project. It provides a viable solution for creating a more predictable final cost for construction projects through reducing the amount of steel used in the structure.

The tower is a total of 25m and is self supporting at this obscure angle using UHPC and small amounts of steel only where the tensile pressures are too great.

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