UHPFRC 2017 - Ifsttar - © Photo credit: Lisa Ricciotti

© Photo credit: Lisa Ricciotti

3rd international symposium on applications of Ultra-High Performance Fibre-Reinforced Concrete

UHPFRC 2017 will take place between 2 and 4 October in the "Le Corum" Congress Centre in Montpellier.

The UHPFRC 2017 international symposium is the third major scientific event on applications of Ultra-High Performance Fibre-Reinforced Concrete to be held in France. Following the events in Marseille in 2009 and 2013 which were organised around the design and construction of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MUCEM), the Montpellier symposium will, in particular, provide an opportunity to visit the Pont de la République, the residential district of “La Mantilla” and the 8,000 m² pleated UHPFRC roof of the new high-speed railway station. The theme of the symposium is “Designing and Building with UHPFRC: New large-scale implementations, recent technical advances, experience and standards”. One of its main roles will be to bring together the experience gained from recent projects, the most recent research and the 2016 French standards, which were the world’s first comprehensive standards for this type of material. 

The provisional programme includes a technical exhibition that will coincide with two parallel sessions featuring 110 papers which have been selected and validated by an international scientific committee with 57 members drawn from 15 countries. These papers reflect the growing importance of UHPFRC both in France and abroad (20 countries are represented): 40 of the papers are from France, 22 from North America, 20 from Asia and Australia and 28 from European countries other than France. Thirty-one of the papers consist of monographs or descriptions dealing with completed projects or sets of structures and twenty-one are studies that relate to application projects, including innovative construction techniques. The other half of the papers describe research in the area of mix design, the structural performance of UHPFRC members and composite structures that include UHPFRC (36 papers), and the characterisation of the constructional properties of UHPFRC, behaviour laws and standards (22 papers).

UHPFRC 2017 is organised by the French Association for Civil Engineering (Association Française de Génie Civil - AFGC) with support from the The International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib), the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), and the American Concrete Institute (ACI).


© Photo credit: Lisa Ricciotti