Knitting Bespoke Reinforcement for New Concrete Structures

The Surrey Regional Group is holding our next Technical Meeting on Monday 15 April 2019 at Kingston University, where John Orr will talk about innovative techniques of reinforcing concrete structures with FRP.
With the goal of achieving low carbon concrete design, two major challenges exist:
1.      Concrete structures with complex geometries and
2.      Provision of durable and resilient infrastructure.
Meeting both challenges would allow us to capitalise on the fluidity of concrete to meet long-term emissions reductions targets. This will require an entirely new approach to design and construction of concrete structures.
This presentation will describe results of an EPSRC funded research project which aimed to completely replace internal steel reinforcement with a knitted composite reinforcement cage made from carbon fibre.
By fabricating this reinforcement in exactly the right geometry, we will provide exactly the right strength exactly where it is needed. This is potentially transformative for concrete construction and will greatly simplify the reinforcing of complex shapes.

Event Information

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date

18:00 for 18:30 start


John Galsworthy Building, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KT1 2EE

Dr John Orr MEng(Hons) PhD CEng MIStructE FHEA

Event Association
Cambridge University (

Event Contact
Edward Bromhead ( Ted Donchev (

Additional Information
Sandwiches and beverages will be served at 18:00

One and a half hours of CPD

The free parking regime after 18:00 at the university’s grounds was slightly adjusted recently, please contact Ted Donchev

Alternatively, use the Bittoms Car Park (KT1 2AB) or any RingGo options and plenty of NCP parking in the vicinity

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