Culverts

CULVERTS (SMALL-SIZE BRIDGES) AND LARGE DIAMETER PIPES
Argentine patents Nº 234827 and 252629
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Undulated, parabolic-shaped plates with 2.00, 3.00, 4.00 and 5.00 meter span.

Their height is one-half the span.

They are 1.20 m wide each, and are assembled next to one another until the other side of the road is reached.

They are embedded.

Recommended minimum depth of soil cover is 0.50 m.

LOAD TESTS

1. In 1984, a live load test was carried out by Neuquén’s Provincial Office of Roads and Highways in provincial route Nº 56.

2. Also in 1984, a test was performed by INTI (acronym in Spanish for National Institute for Industrial Technology), which authorized their use nationwide.

3. In 1986, another test was carried out at Instituto del Cemento Portland Argentino (Argentine Portland Cement Institute). The results of the testing showed that a 3.00 m span plate collapsed under a load of 110 tons/m2, where the standard soil cover depth had not been complied with.

LECTURES, PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES:

1. “Ferrocement applications in road work and road construction”, published by Instituto del Cemento Portland Argentino (Argentine Portland Cement Institute). March 1984.

2. Article published on the Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Ferrocement, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. With articles from over 60 countries worldwide. January 1985.

3. World Exhibition of Achievements of Young Inventors, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. November 1985.

4. Presentation of Ferrocement Culverts in the Exhibition for Young Inventors organized by UN’s WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in Geneva, Switzerland. November 1985.

5. “Ferrocement”, article published on the journal of the Society of Technicians from Santa Fe, December 1997.

6. Article published on “Architecture and Urbanism” magazine. Santa Fe.

7. Cycle of conferences organized by Instituto del Cemento Portland Argentino (Argentine Portland Cement Institute) in Buenos Aires, Rosario and Córdoba.

8. Conference at the Society of Engineers from Santa Fe, Rosario’s office.

9. Conference at Rosario’s Board of Trade.

10. Conference at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Cordoba National University).

11. Conference at Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires National University).

12. Conference at FERRO 11th International Symposium on Ferrocement, University of Aachen, Germany. June 8th, 2015.

13. Article published on the Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Ferrocement and 3rd ICTRC, June 07th to 10th, 2015. Aachen, Germany.

PROJECTS:

1. Provincial roads in the province of Neuquén.

2. National, provincial and local roads in the province of Santa Fe.

3. National, provincial and local roads in the province of Entre Ríos. Private projects.

4. Public and private works in the province of Corrientes.

5. Large diameter pipes in the port of Santa Fe. Project carried out for the City Hall of Santa Fe.

SOLID TECHNOLOGICAL BACKGROUND:

Carlos A. Gschwind is an expert from Argentina with over thirty-six-year-long experience in the study, development and manufacturing of ferrocement products. Ferrocement is currently being widely used to build thousands of boats and pontoons worldwide.

In June 2015, Mr. Gschwind was invited to give a lecture at the 11th International Symposium on Ferrocement, held at the University of Aachen in Germany. Before experts from all over the world, he spoke about his over three-decade work building pontoons, swimming pools, culverts and coastal defenses, among other products, out of ferrocement.