Glass fibre reinforced concrete
Glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC), also known as GRC, is a composite material composed of cement, sand, water and a small percentage of alkali-resistant glass fibres. The glass fibres provide reinforcement and improve the strength, durability and flexibility of the material.
GFRC is commonly used in the construction industry for a wide range of applications, including cladding, facade systems, wall panels, worktops, sinks and decorative elements such as balustrades, cornices and columns. It is also used in precast concrete structures such as bridges, tunnels and car parks.
One of the main advantages of GFRC is its light weight, making it ideal for projects where weight is an issue, such as high-rise buildings, where structural loads can be significantly reduced. In addition, GFRC has a high strength-to-weight ratio, meaning it can withstand significant loads and stresses while remaining lightweight.
GFRC is also known for its flexibility and malleability, making it ideal for creating intricate and complex shapes and designs. This is achieved through the use of moulds, which can be designed to create any desired shape or texture.
Another advantage of GFRC is its durability and resistance to environmental factors such as moisture, heat and UV rays. It is also resistant to chemical and biological attack, making it ideal for use in harsh environments.
All in all, GFRC is a versatile and durable material with many benefits for the construction industry, including strength, flexibility and resistance to environmental factors. Its lightweight nature, malleability and design flexibility make it an ideal material for a wide range of applications, from cladding and decorative elements to precast structures and high-rise buildings.
Features of Glass fibre reinforced concrete
A summary of the features, benefits and pain points resolved by the use of glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC) in the construction industry:
|Characteristics||Advantages||Constraints of other cladding|
|Lightweight||Reduces structural load and transport costs||Heavy and unwieldy building materials|
|Great load-bearing capacity||Performs well under load and offers long service life||Structural damage and degradation|
|Customisable design||Provides a variety of colours, textures and shapes for aesthetic appeal and functionality||Limited design options and lack of unique features|
|Fire resistant||Provides superior fire protection; meets stringent safety requirements||Fire hazards and safety issues|
|Weatherproof||Durable and low-maintenance; suitable for different climates||Damage and deterioration due to exposure to weather conditions|
|Lower impact on the environment||Made with recycled materials and reduces carbon footprint||Environmental impact and sustainability considerations|
Below an overview of the projects carried out with fibre-reinforced concrete in which Sorba Projects has contributed.