Super-light concrete decks for building floor slabs

Kristian Dahl Hertz, Niels Andreas Castberg, Jacob Christensen

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This paper presents investigations carried out at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) on a prototype series for a super-lightweight prestressed concrete deck element called the SL-Deck. The intention behind making a new prefabricated deck element is to improve performance with respect to flexibility, sound insulation and fire resistance compared with present-day prefabricated structures. Full-scale tests and theoretical investigations show that the deck structure performs as intended. Also, that it is possible to assess by calculation the loadbearing capacity in bending and shear, and assess the pull-out strength of prestressing wires, the fire resistance and the acoustic insulation. Based on the results of the investigations, recommendations are given for further development of the structure before fully automated mass production is established.
Original languageEnglish
JournalStructural Concrete
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)522-529
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Super-light structures
  • Deck structures
  • Precast concrete
  • Lightweight concrete
  • Prestressed concrete
  • Structural design
  • Testing structural elements


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