Textile concrete - where do you get it and for what price?

Textile concrete is one of the most advanced building materials currently used. General approval has only been available since last year, but all supporting parts still require individual approval. How it looks with procurement and prices of textile concrete, you can learn in this post.

Current application areas of textile concrete

Textile concrete received a general building inspectorate approval only in 2014, but only for non-structural parts. The use of structural components still requires an individual approval from the highest building supervisory authority of the respective federal state.

Currently, the main application area is bridge construction, in some cases textile reinforced concrete is also used for facade parts and shells for roof construction. A widespread use of the building material will probably take place only in the next few years, high funding for a rapid dissemination of innovative building material are already scheduled.

Current sources of supply

Textile concrete, unlike fiber concrete, consists of components that are difficult to obtain. The fibers of textile concrete consist of the following materials:

  • alkali-resistant glass (AR glass)
  • Basalt or
  • carbon

In order to fulfill their task as reinforcement as optimally as possible, the fibers are connected in the textile concrete to knitted fabrics, which are reinforced in the direction of the forces acting on the building material. Each component is therefore practically provided with a precisely adapted fiber reinforcement.

Thus, a use in a broad way is not possible. Even the fiber cover and the processing into a reinforcement fabric is extremely complicated and expensive. In addition, the fibers are embedded in a special fine concrete, which is tailored to the specific requirements of the reinforcement fabric, and must have the correct load capacity.

In addition, the design of components is still a problem, various approaches to calculating the load capacity are currently being developed, so far, there are also empirical values ​​that are fundamental for a design.

In view of this situation, the reference to private use is hardly possible so far, custom-made by appropriate manufacturers could be possible in individual cases, however. In terms of price, one can assume that such a thing is not only expensive, but probably very expensive.

Tips & Tricks

Finished parts made of textile concrete could well be available on the market in large quantities within a few years. However, manufacturing individual components is unlikely to be economical in the foreseeable future.

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