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Thin-shell textile-reinforced concrete floors for sustainable buildings

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Steel-reinforcedconcrete, cast in flat prismatic forms, dominates multi-storey buildingconstruction around the world. Despite the fluidity of the material,opportunities to create efficient geometries through manipulation of form arehabitually overlooked, resulting in inefficient cracked sections, high steelrequirements and large carbon footprints. This project brings together moderndevelopments in computational design, materials and construction methods topropose a novel thin-shell concrete flooring system for multi-storey buildings,creating a low embodied energy and lightweight alternative to traditionalreinforced concrete flat slabs. The proposed structure features thintextile-reinforced concrete shells spanning between columns. Lightweight concreteis cast onto the shell in-situ to create a level surface, whilst also providingbuckling restraint and acoustic and thermal insulation.

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