Amazing Concrete Canvas Shelters
What is it?
Concrete Canvas Shelters are rapidly deployable hardened shelters that require only water and air for construction. A 25sqm model can be deployed by 2 people without any training in under 40 minutes and is ready to use in under 24 hours.
Concrete Canvas (CC) is a flexible, concrete impregnated fabric that hardens when hydrated to form a thin, durable, water proof and fire resistant concrete layer. CC allows concrete construction without the need for plant or mixing equipment. Simply position the Canvas and just add water.
CC consists of a 3-dimensional fibre matrix containing a specially formulated dry concrete mix. A PVC backing on one surface of the material ensures the material is water proof. The material can be hydrated either by spraying or by being fully immersed in water. Once set, the fibres reinforce the concrete, preventing crack propagation and providing a safe plastic failure mode.
CC is available in 3 thicknesses: CC5, CC8 and CC13, which are 5, 8 and 13mm thick respectively. CC is used in a variety of civil infrastructure applications, such as ditch lining, slope protection and capping secondary containment bunds.
Compared to traditional concrete solutions, CC is faster, easier and, more cost effective to install and has the additional benefit of reducing the environmental impact of concreting works by up to 95%.
Rapid Install – CC can be laid at a rate of 200sqm/hour by a 3 man team. Typical installation speeds are up to 10 times faster than conventional concrete solutions.
Easy to Use – CC is available in man portable rolls eliminating the need for plant on site and allowing concrete installation in areas with limited access. Prior to hydration, CC layers can be cut to length using basic hand tools eliminating the hazards associated with using power tools in high risk environments. The concrete is pre-mixed so there is no need for mixing, measuring or compacting. Just add water.
Low Project Cost – The speed and ease of installation mean CC is more cost-effective than conventional concrete, with less logistical burden. Up to 200 square metres of CC can be supplied on a single pallet, greatly reducing transportation logistics and on site storage.
Eco Friendly – CC is a low mass, low carbon technology which uses up to 95% less material than conventional concrete for many applications.