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07.05.2017

Thank you for reading the blog!

With almost 2000 views and more than 400 unique visitors we are very happy about the first three months of the High Performance Concrete blog. Thank you all very much for reading and following the blog! During the summer holidays we are going to take a short break from posting on the blog ...

06.28.2017

The Infinite Potentials of Concrete - and UHPC

Concrete in general is the single building material of the world with the highest potentials in all respects - and UHPC is the ultimate tool for unlocking the potentials…

06.21.2017

Considerations when using High Performance Concrete

Designing feasible structures in High Performance Concrete means designing at the limit of what’s possible. The reason (as always) is money. HPC isn’t cheap so we have to use as little as possible. At Pieters we’ve been designing HPC structures since 2008 and still it sometimes feels like we’re designing with gold.

06.14.2017

CRC i2 in actual fires - Part II

In last week’s post I showed how CRC i2® elements had performed during a real fire at the Heilig Harn project in Den Helder in Holland. This time I’ll complete the mini-series on the topic, describing two more projects and the unfortunate incident with a charcoal chimney starter directly on a CRC i2® balcony…

06.07.2017

CRC i2 in actual fires - Part I

CRC i2® elements have been used in projects that experienced fire on three occasions, luckily all during the construction phase without any serious injury to people. In addition, a more comical fire related incident: An apartment tenant once got the bright idea to place a charcoal chimney starter directly on a CRC i2® balcony … why I do not know!

05.31.2017

Fire resistance – is it a problem for UHPC?

Fire resistance is one of the attributes that distinguishes concrete compared to other materials such as steel or aluminium – but concerns are often raised regarding the fire resistance of UHPC

05.24.2017

Users 10 step guide to CRC i2

We often get questions concerning what is possible to achieve with CRC i2®, and what process is required to get started – in short the user’s guide to using CRC i2®. In this post, I’ll try to address some of the general issues.

05.17.2017

Cold bending

Can concrete bend? No, of course not!! … or can it ?!?!

05.10.2017

CRC ductility

Ductility was one of the key elements when Hans Henrik Bache developed CRC in 1986. The high strength matrix had already been developed some years earlier, when he invented and patented DSP-materials (Densified Cement/Ultra-fine Particle materials) in 1978 – what later led to the start of the Densit company

05.03.2017

Surface aesthetics of CRC i2

CRC i2® is a unique cement-based material, and as conventional concrete and other natural materials, variations in colour and texture should be expected, and should be expected to develop over time. This is a large part of the visual appeal of concrete, because it offers a living and varied expression.

04.26.2017

Calculating with CRC i2

As an engineer, you might ask yourself how to make your own calculations of elements based on a material not covered by most codes. The short answer is, you don’t. Sorry. Most codes, including the EuroCode, allow you to deviate from the standard materials and calculation principles provided you can document that the performance in relation to safety and over-all behaviour is in accordance with the principles stated in the codes.

04.04.2017

World leaders in UHPC?

When you have worked in this field for many years - and I have personally worked with Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) since 1987 - you see a lot of claims to being world leaders in High Performance Concrete (HPC). It is a claim that we have made ourselves, but since we produce only Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) at Hi-Con and never worked with conventional concrete we believe that our claim has some merit, especially as more than 70,000 tons of structural elements have been produced in CRC over the years.

04.04.2017

CRC vs CRC i2

Hi-Con was founded as a classic - although innovative - production company, selling and manufacturing primarily balconies and staircases in UHPC, mainly to the Danish market. In 2009, the strategy and vision of Hi-Con was completely transformed, and a transition towards an innovation organisation aiming to explore the full potential of UHPFRC globally, based on innovative business models, was initiated. This process is still ongoing.

04.04.2017

CRC - basic properties

Traditionally concrete has often been “defined” by it’s compressive strength – a 40 MPa concrete or a 90 MPa concrete are expected to have very different properties. This has changed with the advent of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) where other properties or attributes can be just as important – or more important – than compressive strength. And while we’re on the subject of compressive strength…