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BYK.SNEHAROlL NO: 131564M.Tech 1st year

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What is Formwork?

o It should be capable of carrying all imposed dead and live loads apart from its own weight.

o Formwork is a mould including all supporting structures, used to shape and support the concrete until it attains sufficient strength to carry its own weight.

Formwork is commonly made of o Steelo Timber

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  Formwork has been in use since the beginning of concrete construction.

New materials such as steel, plastics and fibreglass are used in formwork.

Greater attention is being given to the design, fabrication, erection and dismantling of formwork

Formwork is designed according to The ACI document SP-4.

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Qualities of Formwork It should be water tight.

It should be strong.

It can be reusable.

Its contact surface should be uniform.

It should be according to the size of member.

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• In order to successfully carry out its function, formwork must achieve a balance of following requirements:• Containment

• Strength• Resistance To Leakage• Accuracy• Ease Of Handling• Finish And Reuse Potential• Access For Concrete• Economy

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• Containment: formwork must be capable of shaping and supporting the fluid concrete until it cures.

• Strength: formwork must be capable of safely withstanding without distortion or danger the dead weight of the fluid concrete is placed on it, labour weight, equipment weight and any environmental loadings.

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• Ease of Handling: form panels and units should be designed so that their maximum size does not exceed that which can be easily handled by hand or mechanical means.

– In addition all formwork must also be designed and constructed to include facilities for adjustments, levelling, easing and striking without damage to the form work or concrete.

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• Economy: all the formwork is very expensive. On average about 35% of the total cost of any finished concrete unit or element can be attributed to its formwork; of this just over 40% can be taken for material for formwork and 60% for labour.

– The formwork designer must therefore not only consider the maximum number of times that any form can be reused, but also produce a design that will minimize the time taken for erection and striking.

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Major objectives considered in formwork:




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Quality: Forms must be designed and built with sufficient stiffness and accuracy so that

the size, shape, position, and finish of the cast concrete are maintained.

Safety: Forms must be built sufficient strength and factor of safety so that they have

the capable of all supporting loads.

Economy: Forms must be built efficiently, minimizing time and cost.

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Requirements of formwork: Material should be cheap and re usable,

It should be practically water proof, so that it should not absorb

water from concrete,

Swelling and shrinkage should be minimum,

Strong enough to with stand all external loads,

Deflection should be minimum,

Surface should be smooth, and afford easy striping,

Light in weight, so that easy to transfer,

Joints should be stiff, so that lateral deformation and leak is

minimum .

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Three stages in the process :a) Assembly and erection .

b) Concrete placement.

c) Stripping and dismantling.

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• Formwork detail for different structural members In concrete construction formwork is

commonly provided for the following structural members.

o Wall o Columno Slabs & Beamso Stairso Chimneyso Water tankso Cooling Towers

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• Formwork for Wall It consists of • Timber sheeting• Vertical posts• Horizontal members• Rackers• Stakes• Wedges

After completing one side of formwork reinforcement is provided at the place then the second side formwork is provided.

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• Formwork for Column• It consists of the following– Side & End Planks– Yoke– Nut & Bolts

• Two end & two side planks are joined by the yokes and bolts.

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• Formwork for columns

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• Formwork for Slabs & beams:• It consists of– Sole plates– Wedges– Props– Head tree– Planks– Batten– Ledgers

• Beam formwork rests on head tree

• Slab form work rests on battens and joists

• If prop height are more than 8’ provide horizontal braces.

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• Lintel or Beam Formwork:

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• FORMWORK FOR STAIRS:• It consists of – Vertical & inclined

posts– Inclined members-- Wooden Planks or

sheeting– Stringer– Riser Planks

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• FORMWORK FOR CHIMNEYS: For tall chimneys two types of forms

techniques are in generally use in our country

a) Jump form

b) Slip form

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• Removal of formwork: Time of formwork removal depends on the following factors

1. Type of Cement

1. Rapid hardening cements require lesser time as compared to

OPC (Ordinary Portland Cement)

2. Ratio of concrete mix

1. Rich ratio concrete gain strength earlier as compared to weak

ratio concrete.

3. Weather condition

1. Hydration process accelerates in hot weather conditions as

compared to cold and humid weather conditions.

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Time of Removal of formwork:

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• First free end's support should be removed.

• And then from right to left it should be proceed.

• If we are removing from the mid span then it will act as a prop cantilever.

Cantilever slab

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• In simply supported we have to remove the support from the mid span to the ends.

• To meet the design behavior.

Simply supported slab

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• Maintenance of formwork:• Due to continuous use wooden planks & steel plates

surfaces become uneven and require maintenance.

• For wooden formwork use cardboard or plastic

fiber board. Bolt hole places must also be repaired.

• For steel formwork plates must be leveled by mallet

and loose corners must be welded.

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• Cost of formwork For normal works cost of formwork is about 30%-40% of the concrete cost.

For special works cost of formwork is about 50%-60% of the concrete cost.

Formwork cost is controlled by the following factors

• Formwork Material cost

• Formwork erecting cost

• Formwork removal cost

• Formwork jointing cost (Nails and Cables)

• Labor charges.

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• Advantages of steel form work: It can be used for a no. of times.

It is non absorbent.

Smooth finish surface obtained.

No shrinkage of formwork occurs.

Easy to use.

Its volume is less

Its strength is more.

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Self weight of formwork Pressure and loads from fresh concrete Reinforcement

• Imposed load Construction workers Stacking of materials

•Horizontal loads• Environmental loads

Accidental loads Wind loads

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• References• R.C.C Design by B.C.Punmia• R.C.C Design by H.J.Shah• Formwork Design Section 1500• Doka Formwork Design• Design of safe timber structures

by Eva and Tomi Torrati

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