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FERROCEMENT

AS AN ALTERNITIVE TO WOOD AND CONVENTIONAL


BRICK AND CONCRETE IN HOUSING FOR INDIA.
Ferro-cement can be defined as a thin walled versatile high strength cement based
composite material made of cement mortar reinforced with one or more layers of wire
mesh closely bound together to create a stiff structure unit with high performance,
lightness of structure and strength. It possesses the property of completely
homogeneous material

FERROCEMENT ROOF
CHANNELS

APPLICATIONS OF FERROCEMENT IN HOUSIN

ROOF AND WALL


SYSTEMS
PUBLIC TOILETS

Small capacity water tanks


Cupboard slabs
Roof and wall elements
Shuttering for concrete construction
Service core units
Toilet component
Furniture- tables, shelves, sofa sets.

FURNITURE

ADVANTAGES OF FERROCEMENT

KITCHEN
SHELVING

WATER TANKS

SHUTTERING

Ferro cement, ideal for low cost construction in developing


countries-THE HINDU. Prof N. Paramasivam at National Level Technical
Symposium in Dindigul.

RECENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THIS


MATERIAL TECHNOLOGY IN HOUSING FOR INDIA

Ferrocement channel roof provides light


weight roofing 60% reduction in dead
weight as compare to RCC
Pre-casting of roof leads to substantial
reduction in construction time
20% saving in cost possible because of
reduction in steel quantity and elimination
of coarse aggregates and shuttering
Creates employment as the roof
components can be locally produced and
delivered through micro level enterprise
Much better quality control can be
maintained during pre-fabrication
Versatile technology w.r.t profiles of
roofing channels (subject to structural
design)
Double layered stacking of channels is
possible, if stack area in site is less

A. NEW ORGANISATIONAL SETUPS


like, Ferrocement Advance

Construction which is a modern


and efficient organization
specializing in industrialised building Hollow cored pre stressed Roofing
systems of pre-cast pre-tension
buildings and structures to meet the
specific
of the country.
They
dealrequirements
with pre-fabricated concrete
launching schemes,
construction of most advance
and economical, domes,
ornamental elements shell roofs,
C. Core house housings, fencing, electric poles
Cylone resistant
and all other related civil
shelter in Odisha.
projects in India.
time saving and cost saving
PARAMETE RCC
Ferrocement products in all
RS
ROOFING
building
projects, wall
B.types
LOWofCOST
EARTHQUAKE
elements.
STRENTH TO
LOW

RESISTANT FERROCEMENT
HOUSING
Experimentations:
Ferrocement panels are

recommended as the main structural elements


with lightweight truss roofing system.
Earthquake resistance is ensured by analyzing
the structure. The behavior of structure is found
satisfactory under the earthquake loading.

STONE

RBC

FERROCEM
ENT

VERY LOW

MEDIUM

HIGH

WEIGHT
RATIO
PERFORMAN
CE

HIGH

MEDIUM

MEDIUM

HIGH

DURABILITY

HIGH

MEDIUM

LOW

HIGH

EQUIPMENT
REQUIRED

NO
SHUTTERIN
G

SHUTTERIN
G REQ

NO
SHUTTERIN
G

NO
SHUTTERING

SKILL
REQUIRED

SKILLED
HIGHLY

SKILLED
HIGHLY

SKILLED
HIGHLY

SEMI-SKILLED

COST RANGE
(Rs) FOR

450-600

400-500

400-550

375-450