Slipform construction is a method for building large towers or bridges from concrete. The name refers to the moving form the concrete is poured into, which moves along the project as the previously poured concrete hardens behind it. The technique has also been applied to road construction.
The technique was in use by the early 20th century for building silos and grain elevators.
Vertical slipform relies on the quick-setting properties of concrete requiring a balance between early strength gain and workability. Concrete needs to be workable enough to be placed to the formwork and strong enough to develop early strength so that the form can slip upwards without any disturbance to the freshly placed concrete.
A notable use of the method was the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Ontario, which was completed in 1965. The technique was soon utilized to build the Inco Superstack in Sudbury, Ontario and the CN Tower in Toronto. It is the most common method for construction of tall buildings in Australia.
From foundation to rooftop of even the very tallest projects, with the system’s hydraulic jacks, installing steel reinforcement and pouring concrete become much easier and faster, plus can be more efficiently controlled to assure the highest quality finished cement structure.
SLIPFORM technology virtually eliminates unnecessary waste and hazards, making this construction system even more efficient and economical.
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