Experimental Investigation on Thin Ferro cement Dome Structures
Wail N Al-Rifaie1, Azad Ahmed2
1Wail N Al-Rifaie, Civil Engineering Department, Philadelphia University, Jordan, Professor Emeritus, University of Tikrit,  Iraq.
2Azad Ahmed, Civil Engineering, Research Scholar, University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq.
Manuscript received on November 27, 2013. | Revised Manuscript received on December 13, 2013. | Manuscript published on December 30, 2013. | PP: 373-377 | Volume-3, Issue-2, December 2013. | Retrieval Number:  B2491123213/2013©BEIESP

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Abstract: The paper describes an experimental study for the effect of both skeletal reinforcement and thickness on the strength capacity and behaviour of thin ferrocement dome structures under uniformly distributed load. Four ferrocement domes of 4000 mm covered span were constructed and tested up to ultimate stage. It has been concluded that the construction technique developed in the present investigation reflects the most economic approach, which reduces the nominal cost of such complex structures during construction.
Keywords: Ferrocement, Shell, Dome, folded plate.