“Structural UHPFRC”: Welcome to the post-concrete era !

  • Eugen Brühwiler (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)


“Structural UHPFRC” stands for Ultra-High Performance Fiber Reinforced Cement-based composite material which is complemented by reinforcing and prestressing steel to enhance structural resistance and durability. First, properties of impermeable, tensile strain hardening UHPFRC are described in view of structural applications. Then, two fundamental concepts are presented and validated by means of research results and practical applications: i) Rehabilitation and strengthening of existing concrete structures by adding a layer of structural UHPFRC, and ii) Construction of new structures in Structural UHPFRC, often composed of precast elements. Many applications show that Structural UHPFRC has made its proof as a novel building material and technology to improve structures which may be seen as the advent of a new construction era: the post-concrete era has begun !

Keywords: structural UHPFRC, tensile strain hardening, impermeability, composite elements, strengthening, rehabilitation, lightweight structures, applications, UHPFRC

How to Cite:

Brühwiler, E., (2016) ““Structural UHPFRC”: Welcome to the post-concrete era !”, International Interactive Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete 1(1). doi:

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Published on
18 Jul 2016