Review of Research on the Application of Ferrocement in Composite Precast Slabs
Ferrocement has had a long history since it was first patented in 1856. Its significant benefits as construction material have been proven with numerous theoretical and experimental studies throughout the world for many years. This paper presents a comprehensive review of the studies on mechanical properties of ferrocement as used in precast and composite precast slabs. Additionally, this paper identifies and prioritizes the most advantageous designs for precast and composite precast ferrocement slabs and reviews the improved characteristics of ferrocement in comparison to traditional reinforced concrete concerning first crack load, ductility, capacity, whole-life cost benefits, and versatile application. Flexible options for different types of applications with its thin structural form provided by ferrocement and its contribution to the first crack load and ductility were discussed. The paper concludes by summarizing success-full uses and the advantages of ferrocement composite applications in precast structures.