A new design code to cover all aspects of the design, construction and maintenance of concrete industrial floors is to be developed by the Association of Concrete Industrial Flooring Contractors and the Concrete Society. The new manual is to be in modular format and performance related so engineers and specifiers can match pension fund, developers and other clients' requirements with fitness for purpose criteria and lifetime costings.
The project will set new standards for the UK and will require major commitment from floor contractors and suppliers. The initiative is the subject of a bid for government funding.
Associated with development work on the manual are research projects at Loughborough University and University
College London, which are already influencing design criteria. Here investigation of early life performance of new construction and impact loading of joints and corners of slabs are revealing how current construction methodology needs research support to clarify best design practice.
The agreement is seen as a breakthrough, achieving as it does, tripartite collaboration between design engineers and researches, flooring contractors and end users.
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