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"Bringing ferrocement into the 21st century"

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“Ferrocement was invented in the mid-19th century by Joseph Lambot, consisting of very thin sections of cement mortar (10-40mm) reinforced with fine steel mesh. Until now its use has been almost entirely limited to boats and “do-it-yourself” buildings; ferrocement has not yet entered mainstream construction and architecture. A team from Expedition Engineering and Renzo Piano Building Workshop have, over the past 18 months, taken ferrocement through a rapid technical development process in order to take advantage of the unique properties of ferrocement to create a large canopy above the new Greek National Opera House. This talk will describe and discuss the development and innovation process needed to take an ‘old’ material to a new level; more highly engineered than ever before, and in the context of the modern construction industry.”

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Structures Research Seminars series.

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