Caunton, in partnership with The Steel Construction Institute drew to a close an eighteen month, £1.2m, Innovate UK funded R&D project with a highly successful dissemination day.
The project focused on the development of Glasgow based Modular Walling Systems’ patented Steelbrick. The challenge was to take it from a concept to a deliverable product that met both the Eurocodes and AISC N690.
Steelbricks is new steel walling system that can radically alter the way numerous projects are built, in particular key aspects of nuclear power stations. While the primary focus is the nuclear industry throughout the eighteen month program the team met with numerous organisations as part of an on-going dissemination and feedback program.
It became clear that this robust second generation SC construction method has many other applications. Visitors have been quick to point out that any project in which on-site in situ concrete is currently employed or where the re-enforcing is very dense and labour intensive to install on site Steelbricks could save a great deal of time.
Steelbricks are manufactured off-site and this pre-engineered modular approach not only has huge on site advantages by its very design offers a greater ease for attachments for post installation as other elements can be welded onto it. There is no on site drilling and striking rebar issues to overcome.
Wider civil, infrastructure and security uses are now being explored for applications such as cut and cover tunnels; blast walls; retaining walls and flood defences.
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