Steel Fibre Reinforced and Ultra-High Performance Concrete

Presented by:

  • Professor Stephen Foster - Head of School, Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of New South Wales

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After 40 years of research in the development and placement of fibres in reinforced concrete, the concept has matured to the stage where it is finding increasing use in practice. This seminar will provide the current state of practice for design and construction of steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) and in the use ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) in structures. Design rules for steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) available in Europe, and elsewhere, are enabling engineers to use these new generation materials, on their own or in combination with conventional reinforcing and prestressing. In Australia, work is underway on standards development of SFRC for structural applications; the rationale behind standards rules for development of structural application in SFRC will be discussed. Case studies and suitable applications will be shown, including the use of reactive powder concrete (with strengths exceeding 150 MPa and fracture energies of more than 2000 times that of conventional concrete) to provide environmentally sustainable alternatives to the use of conventional concrete in construction. 

Stephen Foster is Professor and Head of School, Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of New South Wales. He has more than 30 years of experience in research and over 200 publications; much of the last 13 years has been in SFRC and UHPC. He was a member of the team for the development of the 2010 fib Model Code that includes structural design for SFRC and chaired a working party under the guidance of BD90-5 to review the potential of introducing SFRC into the Australian Bridge Standard. 


This event will start at 6:15pm in the Turner Theatre at The University of Melbourne, Botany Building, Parkville (Building 122, Grid E13 on this  map.)

Refreshments will provided from 5:30pm in Room C301, 3rd Floor, Engineering Block C (Building 174, Grid L17 on this map.)

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