For all of those who work in the sector, an innovative way of working is represented by the use of composite materials for structural consolidation works. Regarding the different technologies which aim to recover existing buildings, the constant research and development campaigns have allowed to identify new and effective solutions capable to solve complex problems.
The reinforcement and preservation of the property are guaranteed by the composite materials’ versatility and by the possibility to design the material, based on the use and on the final goal. These new technologies can be used even for the reinforcement of historical and cultural buildings: the possibility of using non-invasive and easy techniques, represents a huge step forward and an important opportunity for the complex and delicate structural restoration’s intervention , which is often followed by the restoration of surfaces and artistic components.
Composite materials can be used for reinforced concrete structure’s strengthening, masonry, wood and steel. The main applications of GEMINITEX reinforcements consist of:
- Strengthening and recovery interventions of masonry structures:
The composite material reinforcements give tensile strength to the masonry, determining the creation of a new material: the reinforced concrete masonry.
The composite materials are usually used for:
Buildings enchainment, by the use of external or internal/external bandages linked together through specific connectors.
Shear and bending reinforcement, for an “in the storey” action and an “out the storey” action.
Arches and vaults consolidation, by applying reinforcing tapes, which leave unaltered their own structural functionality.
Columns confinement, to improve their own strength and ductility.
- Strengthening and recovery interventions of concrete structures are applicable to:
Columns and pilasters, to increase the shear resistance capacity, the buckling-resistance and the ductility.
Beams, to increase the flexural strength, torsion and shear.
Beam-pillar nodes: nodes’ confinement to guarantee the resistors’ hierarchy in case of earthquakes.
Slabs and plates, to increase the shear and flexion resistance.
Vaults and galleries.
Ducts and tanks.
- Strengthening and recovery interventions of wood structures:
Beams, to increase the shear and flexion resistance, to reduce the effects caused by the nodes and to correct other defects.
Wooden trusses, to increase the stretched elements’ tensile strength.