Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV)
Am Technologiezentrum 5
Tel.: +49 821 – 2684 1104
Mobil: +49 151 – 27596905
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Composites in Construction
The world’s first generally approved certification for ‘strengthening reinforced concrete with Tudalit®’, the registered trademark for textile-reinforced concrete, has been around since 1 June 2014. Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV) has formed a project with Tudalit called "CC Tudalit".
Textile-reinforced concrete makes it possible to enhance the bending strength of interior reinforced concrete projects. Over the course of numerous reference projects, textile-reinforced concrete has demonstrated its capabilities and cost-effectiveness. The applications range from textile-reinforced pedestrian bridges and strengthening of large-area reinforced concrete ceilings in commercial and government buildings to the restoration of sugar silos. Textile-reinforced concrete thus opens new doors for innovative architectural and multifunctional solutions in the construction sector. Trellised, carbon-based textile reinforcement stands out thanks to its superior physical and technical capabilities as well as the resource savings, sustainability and cost-effectiveness that come along with it.
Growth market: carbon in construction
‘Far more than 100 important industrial and engineering companies are currently involved with the C3 – Carbon Concrete Composite project supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The work focuses intensely on the use of carbon fibre in construction. The goal is to reach a commercial breakthrough in the next five years. For this reason, up-to-date information on the current state of development plans will be given considerable attention at the eighth conference of users of textile-reinforced concrete,’ says Professor Peter Offermann, CEO of TUDALIT e.V. The success of fibre composite materials in construction lies in particular in its corrosion resistance, low density compared to steel and very high fatigue strength. CFCs can already be found in bridge segments, fabrics, trellises, tension members, cables and hangers on arch bridges. As an example, the CFC cables of the Storchenbrücke bridge in Winterthur, Switzerland, have been proving themselves for the past 20 years. Professor Urs Meier, former professor at ETH Zurich and one of the pioneers of the material, predicts a golden future for carbon in construction: ‘With this, we will create completely new possibilities in bridge construction, for example.’ In 1991, Professor Meier was already shaping the history of construction engineering by repairing a bridge in Lucerne with three CFC segments.