August 31, 2018
Thanks to the advancement in technology, the construction industry is evolving continuously. Right from introducing new methods for construction of different structures to using machines that minimize the risk of danger, this industry has come a long way. The use of horizontal formwork systems is one such discovery that has high demand in the industry today. The following blog focuses on the meaning, types, need and benefits of using this type of formwork systems for construction. Keep reading to know more.
What is a formwork system?
The use of concrete for construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures has increased tremendously. This is because concrete is considered to be the most suitable for construction. Along with this, it has the capability to withstand fire and ensure protection against extreme temperatures. This is when a formwork system comes into the picture. This is a system which is used for storing and holding wet concrete until curing is achieved. Curing is one of the processes in concrete construction.
Types of formwork systems
The type of formwork system which is being used for construction depends on material and type of structural element. For example, a formwork that makes use of the slab will be called slab formwork. Similarly with beam formwork, column formwork and others. A good formwork should satisfy the parameters mentioned below:
- Strong enough to withstand all types of loads
- Rigidly constructed and efficiently propped to retain its shape
- Set accurately to the desired line
- Light and sturdy
- Should rest on a firm base
Whether its slipform formwork or any other, businesses need to select a suitable type, based on the type of construction (The Constructor, TYPES OF FORMWORK (SHUTTERING) FOR CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION AND ITS PROPERTIES, 2018). Out of the various systems available today, the one which is mostly used is the horizontal system of formwork. The following points tell you why:
Horizontal formwork systems
Due to the advancement in the field of formwork, new types of materials are entering the market. Many businesses are preferring smaller and lightweight formwork systems for construction. This type of systems is generally made of fibreglass, aluminium and steel. These types of materials are used for horizontal formwork systems.
This type of a system usually consists of a series of interconnected falsework bays and decking panels which are pre-formed. These are the ones that are usually used for slab construction. The lightweight of these materials makes it an ideal choice for horizontal systems as compared to the traditional ones. Another major advantage of this system is that is its safety. This is mainly because construction workers do not have to work at a height.
These are a few pointers that give a brief overview of horizontal systems for heavy formwork transportation and others. Businesses should contact reputed constructing companies for a detailed understanding of these systems and help in selecting a suitable one.
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