Structural ComFlor® with FibreFlor®

ComFlor® with FibreFlor®

A unique three dimensional concrete reinforcement solution

FibreFlor® is a combination of Novocon high performance steel fibres and Fibermesh micro-synthetic fibres providing a unique three dimensional concrete reinforcement solution for composite metal decks and designed to replace traditional welded wire mesh.

By combining the attributes of both types of fibre, FibreFlor® provides performance benefits over the entire life span of the concrete – from simplifying placement, to minimising controlling cracks in the hardened state, to providing years of exceptional durability.

In the development of FibreFlor®, it was identified that many properties were required to provide both an optimum technical solution for the necessary fire rating, but also practically in providing a concrete solution that is easily handled, pumped and finished. The world leading brand of Fibermesh microsynthetic fibres are proven to inhibit both plastic shrinkage and settlement cracking. Additional benefits include increased impact and abrasion resistance together with reduced permeability of the concrete. Fibermesh micro-synthetic fibres are also internationally proven to provide resistance to explosive spalling, in the event of fire. Novocon high performance steel fibres are proven to provide long term crack control. This allows the load carrying capability to replace traditional mesh reinforcement.

Testing approved by the Steel Construction Institute confirmed that FibreFlor® also provided longitudinal shear resistance in excess of that provided by A393 steel wire fabric. ComFlor® with FibreFlor® has been extensively tested in accordance with BS EN 1365-2:2000 standards at NAMAS certified fire test facilities, under the guidance of the Steel Construction Institute (SCI). Results, analysed and approved by the SCI, show that ComFlor® with FibreFlor® composite metal deck systems provide equivalent or superior performance to traditional wire mesh solutions with fire ratings of up to two hours.

Fire design
The capacity of the composite slab in fire may be calculated using two methods, either ‘Mesh and Deck Fire Method’ (mesh only and no trough bar reinforcement) or ‘Bar Fire Method’ (trough bottom bar reinforcement only with no contribution from the mesh and profile).

ComFlor® V9 Software analyses each of the ComFlor® composite floor decks in construction stage, service stage and for fire resistance, under a wide range of loading configurations.

Design principles are in accordance with the appropriate parts of BS 5950 : Part 4 (1994), Part 6 (1995), Part 8 (1991) For design to the Eurocodes, the design principles are in accordance with EN 1994-1-1 and EN 1994-1-2:Eurocode 4. The design checks performed by the program cover the construction stage, the normal design stage and fire.

The slab may be propped or unpropped during construction and may also span over one or more permanent or temporary supports. In the double span case, the spans may be equal or unequal. At the normal design stage, however, the slab is always assumed to be simply supported between permanent supports. The slab is assumed to span only in the direction of spanning of the decking i.e. two-way spanning floors are not covered.

How to download ComFlor® 9 Software

1) Download Version 9 here

2) Install Version 9

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We maintain a friendly technical help desk which is freely available to all Consulting Engineers, and Contractors to assist with all aspects of ComFlor® composite floor design. The services we offer include:

Design calculations
To assist the specifier, the team are able to provide design calculations, generally dictated by the construction stage condition, the load and span required for service and the fire resistance required for the slab. Our team can also help with specialised design issues such as point loads, requirements for anti crack mesh, openings, etc.

Vibration
ComFlor® composite floor decks can meet the most stringent vibration applications, such as those required for National Health Service operating theatres.

Software tools
Comprehensive ComFlor® 9 Software is free to download here. The ComFlor® 9 Software provides quick and easy calculations for different building categories, loads, fire performance, spans, vibration, point loads and line loads. Regular updates are sent to all registered users.

Fire design
The capacity of the composite slab in fire may be calculated using two methods, either ‘Mesh and Deck Fire Method’ (mesh only and no trough bar reinforcement) or ‘Bar Fire Method’ (trough bottom bar reinforcement only with no contribution from the mesh and profile).

Specification service
Our ComFlor® team are able to provide a comprehensive specification guidance to ensure the correct composite floor specification goes into the contract documents.

In-house CPD seminars
Primarily aimed at Engineers and Architects, these free seminars last around 50 minutes, ending with a question & answer session and are delivered by our experienced regional teams. Topics include:

  • Composite floor decking in construction.
  • Structural roof decking in construction.
  • Steel building envelope systems for non-domestic buildings.
  • Factory tour – Insulated Panel Line at Shotton works.

To request a CPD seminar please click here.


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