JOURNAL PUBLICATION: Shells elements of textile reinforced concrete using fabric formwork: a case study

Innovations in formwork solutions create new possibilities for architectural concrete constructions. Flexible fabric replaces the stiff traditional formwork elements, and takes away a limiting factor for creative designs. Combined with textile reinforcement, the production of a new range of curved and organic shapes becomes possible without the intensive labour for formwork installation. Besides a general introduction about the concepts of fabric formwork and textile reinforcement, this paper focuses on the production and structural evaluation of doubly curved shells. Creating a very interesting type of element from a structural point of view, the shape flexibility of both the fabric formwork and textile reinforcement make a perfect match to overcome practical production issues for thin shell elements. The application of shotcrete and the integration of non-metallic reinforcement allowed first of all the production of very thin concrete shell elements based on the design approach of the textile architecture. Comparing a shell structure with traditional reinforcement and one with textile reinforcement, a case study evaluates furthermore both the design and the structural performance of such a shell structure.


Cauberg N., Tysmans T., Adriaenssens S., Wastiels J., Mollaert M., Belkassem B. (2012). ‘Shells elements of textile reinforced concrete using fabric formwork: a case study’. In: Advances in Structural Engineering, 15(4), pp: 677 – 689.