Structural Design and Testing of Digitally Manufactured Concrete Structures

Domenico Asprone, Costantino Menna, Freek Bos, Jaime Mata-Falcón, Liberato Ferrara, Ferdinando Auricchio, Ezio Cadoni, Vítor M. C. F. Cunha, Laura Esposito, Asko Fromm, Steffen Grünewald, Harald Kloft, Viktor Mechtcherine, Venkatesh Naidu Nerella, Roel Schipper

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The form freedom enabled by digital fabrication with concrete technologies provides advantages for a wide range of concrete based objects, from architectural to structural elements. The current chapter focuses on the specifics of structural design and engineering of DFC with emphasis on those technologies based on Additive Manufacturing with extrusion. Since it is a new and innovative way to build, a clear common approach to structural engineering has not yet been developed. As a result, this chapter aims to introduce the specific challenges of structural design and engineering with the additive manufacturing technology, providing an overview of structural typologies that have been developed (especially concerning the reinforcement strategies, including fibre reinforcement). Furthermore, the structural principles adopted in DFC and the codified approaches used in conventional reinforced concrete is compared, and putative structural testing procedures and validation methods for DFC are reported.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Fabrication with Cement-Based Materials: State-of-the-Art Report of the RILEM TC 276-DFC
EditorsNicolas Roussel, Dirk Lowke
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages36
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-90535-4
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameRILEM State-of-the-Art Reports
ISSN (Print)2213-204X
ISSN (Electronic)2213-2031

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  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Reinforcement strategies
  • Structural design
  • Testing


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