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Publication numberUS2425079 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 5, 1947
Filing dateMay 27, 1943
Priority dateMay 27, 1943
Publication numberUS 2425079 A, US 2425079A, US-A-2425079, US2425079 A, US2425079A
InventorsKurt Billig
Original AssigneeKurt Billig
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Reinforced concrete shell construction and method of manufacture therefor
US 2425079 A
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K. BILLIG REINFORCED CONCRETE SHELL CONSTRUCTION AND IEI'HOD'OF MANUFA(J'IZ'URE THEREFOR Aug. 5, 1947.

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6 Claims. 1

This invention relates to reinforced concrete both series of ribs being constructed by local increase in the thickness of the/ concrete arcuate shell. It has further been prpposed to construct a barrel vault roof or shell self supporting between end frames or trusses but without purlins or cross-ribs and in which the central line might be cambered relatively to the line of thrust.

Where a reinforced concrete shell is employed in a structure or article the cost of providing e required complicated shuttering, framework d highgscafiolding forms a substantial proportion of t e total'cost involved. The object of the present invention is to provide various improvements in shell structures themselves and constructional methods resulting in a saving of material and eliminating or very much reducing the heavy expense of shuttering and scaffolding.

This invention comprises a self supporting reinforced concrete curved shell construction characterised by prestressed reinforcement wires spaced along the generating lines to form the skeleton of the construction, textile and/or me- 'tallic secondary reinforcement being attached to or carried by the prestressed wires to which a predetermined thickness of concrete, cement, plaster or the like is applied. the prestresses in the reinforcing wires being constant throughout the shell and depending only on the quality of the wires employed, reaching a maximum of 225,000 to -285,000 lb. per square inch for high tensile steel wires.

The invention further consists in the various improvements in such shell constructions and in the methods of manufacture and construction hereinafter described and claimed.

Shell structures are designed on the principle that all loads, both superimposed and the own weight of the shell structure itself, are transferred through the shell towards the support without any bending stress; direct stresses only 2 being caused. In the case of a pupola this effect is attained by reason of the double curvature. The superimposed loads together with the weight of the shell itself produce stresses in the structure of such an amount that at each cross section the'line of thrust coincides with the center In the case of large spans plane of the shell. These characteristics of the shell cupola are already knownand are dealt with in text books relating to the design of. such structures.

Barrel vault shell structures are designed on the principle of the shell cupola, namely, that the vault shell carries its loads without producing bending stresses in the shell structure. The form of vault shell usually employedis part-cylindrical, it spans between transverse supporting members or stifiener diaphragms spaced far apart and is kept free from bending stresses by the latter. The effect produced in the shell cupola by reason of its double curvature and ring stresses is eflectedin the barrel vault shell by these transverse supporting members introducing shear forces in the shell. Each section transfers tangential stresses in the direction of the generating line to the adjoining section and so towards the stiffener diaphragm in such a way that the shell structure itself is rendered free from bending stresses In both the case of the cupola and the barrel vault shell the loads are transferred to the supports by axial and shear stresses causing strains only in the shell itself.

Heretofore vault roofs have been designed to suit the line of thrust for the roofs weight and superimposed loads and the horizontal vault thrust was taken bycross ties ,or by the abutments.

On the other hand the form of the barrel vault shell is cambered relatively to the line of thrust and the vault shell is stiffened at the supports by transverse bending resistant members. The more the cross sectional curve is car'hbered relative to the line of thrust the better the load carrying capacity! the vault shell. The efiects of the design '45 iarer'" (a) The vault has its bearing capacity not only in the direction of the vault curve as heretofore but also in the direction ofthe generating line.

(b) The horizontal thrust of the vault, being a maximum at the crown (equal to the product of the load per unit area multiplied by the ra- 'dius of curvature), decreases gradually towards the springings and at the springings themselves is a minimum. This decrease of the horizontal arch thrust is caused by inclined stresses which tensile force Z which has to be taken by 3 transfer the thrust through the shell towards the transverse supporting member so that the tie or abutments required in ordinary vaults is here rendered superfluous.

(c) Altogether loaded asymmetrically or by irregularly superimposed loads no bending'stresses are produced owing to the transverse supporting members in the form of walls, trusses or the like. That no bending moments are caused in the shell vault is proved by the fact that the deflections, measured in the direction of the generating line of vault shells of this type, are negligible.

The theoretical assumptions in the membrane theory of the barrel vault shell, especially the limiting conditions, must be complied with in practice otherwise disturbances in the distribution of the stresses are liable to appear. 1

If the cross sectional curvature of the barrel vault is cambered relative to the line of thrust and the vault curvature increases with an increase of the aperture angle 5 (i. e. the angle between a perpendicular to a tangent to the cross sectional curve and the vertical) the horizontal thrust H in the vault decreases according to the aperture angle 5 increases. If the tangents at the springings of the vault sections are vertical, as in the case of a semi-circle, ellipse, cycloid, the angle 5 is 90 and the horizontal vault thrust is nil. In this case the vault thrust produced by the total weight of the vault shell plus the superimposed load is transferred by inclined stresses towards the transverse supporting members and no support is therefore required along the horizontal springings. From the transverse supporting members the entire load is transferred vertically to four columns which provide the only support required. for the structure. Of course,

the supporting members may be carried on existing walls or the like.

In the direction of the generating line the barrel vault shell functions in a manner similar to a hollow beam of very high moment of inertia carried by the transversesupporting members. The total shear in this hollow beam is equal to the sum of all vertical components of the tangential shear forces S and the bending moment is equal to the moment produced by the axial forces T the direction of which coincides with the gener- The only essential difference as comordinary beam is that of the difshear forces S and of ating line. pared with an ferent distribution of the the axial forces T.

The sum of the axial force T produces a total longitudinal members at the vault springings, which members also act as side stifleners for the vault shell. For the case of equally distributed loading the tensile force Z increases in the side stiffeners from the transverse supporting member to the centre of the span according to a parabola, reaching a maximum at the centre of the span, the bending moments and axial forces T increase in like manner. Therefore the tensile force is proportional to the bending moment and at every section this tensile force together with the axial forces T at the same section are in equilibrium with the bending moment produced by the superimposed load together with the weight of the shell itself. At each section across the span of the vault shell, the forces Z acting in each side tension member must neutralize the total of all the forces T at the same cross section. In shell vaults with vertical ends tangents the forceZ in each of the side stiffening members is completely the cross sectional shape of the vault but it is a. function of the distance between the transverse supporting members and of the total load per unit area at the springings.

For large spans the total tensile force Z reaches a high figure and a large concrete stiffening member having itself a considerable dead weight is required to take the reinforcement at each springing. The membrane theory on which the vault shell design i based provides for no local loads on the vault sides. Therefore the additional side loads occasioned by the heavy longitudinal tension members, are distributed by bending moments over the curved vault section and thence transferred, as in the case of the evenly distributed loads, towards the transverse supporting members by direct stresses. The stiffness required in the transverse direction of the barrel vault shell itself is provided for by additional reinforcement, as subsequently described.

Calculations and tests have shown that a barrel vault shell, whose transverse section forms an ellipse, gives the most favourable results.

Shell structures designed and manufactured in accordance with this invention are compares tlvely thin curved reinforced concrete shells freely spanning over large panels with their depth-span ratio far exceeding the usual limit of 1 to 40. For example, an area of say 30 x feet can easily be covered by a single barrel vault shell roof of 1 /2 inches thickness carried through a transverse supporting member at each end on four columns only. For barrel vault shells according to the present invention the depth span ratio, in transverse and longitudinal directions, is from 1:250 and 1:750 or even less respectively.

For this purpose it will be sufficient if they are supported by a side wall consisting, for example, of brick panels between the supporting columns.

Shell structures of the cupola and barrel vault type, in the various forms previously referred to and according to the principles of design set forth are manufactured in accordance with the present invention using high tensile wire reinforcements prestressed up to a maximum of 225,000 to 285,- 000 lb. per square inch. Ordinary mild steel wires or other steel wire reinforcements may also be employed. The most suitable shell forms for use in connection with pro-stressed wire reinforcement are those generated from straight lines namely cylinders, cones, hyperboloids and the like of various cross sections or parts of them or corrugated shapes.

In the barrel vault structures referred to the major axis is usually horizontal but structures in accordance with this invention may also have their major axes vertical or at an angle between the horizontal and vertical.

In carrying the invention int effect different methods of construction may be employed according to the circumstances of the particular case being dealt with. Shell structures according to the invention may be pre-cast with or without the use of moulds or alternatively they may be cast in situ with or without the use of moulds.

To illustrate the practical application of the invention the manufacture of various shell constructions and structures will now be described along with the accompanying diagrammatic drawings, an example commencing with a partcylindrical barrel vault roof in situ without the independent of the transverse vault span and of 76, use of moulds.

tensioned wire reinforcement.

tween the reinforcement and the concrete is im- Fig. 1 represents an isometric view of a barrel vault during construction:

Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the pre-stressed shell roof shown in Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a cross-section taken along III-III through the span;

Fig. 4 represents an enlargement of the shell detail at IV in Fig. 3.

The transverse supporting members or stiffeners diaphragms 5| of part cylindrical form in ac-' cordance with the roof contour are located on the supports 52 the distance apart being predetermined by the design. Longitudinal reinforcement wires 53 are stretched between these stiffener diaphragms along the generating lines of the roof and pre-tensioned. As these longitudinal wires are to form the roof skeleton they must be placed at such intervals apart that they will secure the correct cross-sectional conformation of the roof. In all cases the wires must be pre-tensioned so that sagging is reduced to a minimum. When roofs of large span are being manufactured it may be advisable to provide temporary supports or suspensions for the longitudinal wires 53 at a few cross-sections to prevent sagging although high prestresses may be applied.

Reinforcement in any direction required by the design is then fixed to the prestressed wire skeleton. For example, reinforcement 56 in the transverse or vault direction is provided for stiff-'- ening the shell and distributing local loads; further reinforcement 51 to take main tensile stresses in various parts of the structure may be added. Tough textile material 58 possessing good tensile strength such as sheets of Hessian jute, flax, coarse linen, hemp or the like is then stretched over the steel skeleton roof and clipped to wires. Wetting the textile prior tothe application of mortar causes shrinkage and prevents the textile material sagging {between the wires. Close mesh expanded metal or wire reinforcement of any suitable type may also be used for the same purpose.

Mortar, cement, plaster 59 or the like is then applied to the skeleton either by hand or a cement gun or by a combination of both methods until the predetermined shell thickness is reached. The cement, concrete, plaster or the like is usually applied to the upper or outer surface 59 of the reinforcement but may be applied to both sides 59 and 60 if desired so that the reinforcement forms the core of the shell structure. In the latter case open mesh textile reinforcement is to be preferred.

Towards the springings the shell thickness may, if necessary, be increased to enclose the larger amount of wire reinforcement 54 located there. When the shell structure has sufficiently hardened the ends of the horizontal wires. are released from the prestressing plant and the concrete takes its pre-compression from the pre- The bond beproved by the cross-sectional expansion of both wires and surrounding concrete, at the time when the pre-tensioned wires are taken from the anchorages and exert lateral compression upon the sufficiently hardened concrete. The free proscribed but in this case the textile or secondary tent.

in situ using moulds the latter are fixed in position in the ordinary way between transverse supporting members or end gable walls. The longitudinal wires are stretched along the generating lines, at the desired distance apart, between and over the transverse members and prestressed to the desired amount. Any additional reinforcement is then placed in position as previously demetallic reinforcement is reduced to a minimum; the cement, concrete or the like is then poured until the desired shell thickness is reached.

The moulds are removed when the shell has sufficiently set and the wires disengaged from the prestressing plant with the same results as above mentioned. A the moulds support the weight of the shell structure and prevent sagging the longitudinal wires located near the crown of the roof need not be so numerous as when mouldless construction is employed. When manufacturing prestressed shell structures existing walls or foundations may be employed asanchorages for the prestressing plant.

When it is desired to pre-cast the shell struc ture without using moulds. for example, a part cylindrical barrel vault, patterns of the desired contour are prepared.

The longitudinal wires, spaced the requisite distance apart, are stretched over and between these I patterns and then prestressed to the required ex- The additional reinforcement, textile or other material and finally the concrete are then applied as previously described. After the concrete has hardened sufliciently the prestressed reinforcement is disengaged from the-prestressing plant and the shell structure is hoisted into po-' sition over the transverse supporting members.

Reinforcement hooks or the like may be specially provided for this hoisting operation and wire or other reinforcement may be left projecting for any connection required with the supporting structure. In the case of pro-cast manufacture without moulds the two most expensive items in the construction of shell structures, namely, scafroofs, may extend over or between several transverse supporting members and may cantilever from the end members. Furthermore, shell structures of a great variety of shapes may be manufactured by the intersection of or connectingv together of curved shell parts. For example, a

railway platform might be covered by two interpenetrating shell segments carried on one central line of columns.

Reinforcement stiffening a barrel vault or other shell in the transverse direction may consist of wires or rods bent to the shell contour and spaced apart as required by the design to distribute local loadings over the vault. These wires are carried on the longitudinal reinforcement. Alternatively, angle irons or light steel joists or other steel sec tions may be employed for transverse stiffening purposes and may be carried by the side longitudinal tension members orby longitudinal walls where such are employed or by temporary supports. Such last metal-arch stifieners or other suitable supports spaced comparatively short distances apart may be utilised to temporarily carry both the longitudinal and other reinforcement. In such cases the main longitudinal reinforcement is confined principally to the side tension members at the springings while the prestressed longitudinal reinforcement near the crown of the vault is reduced to a minimum. The temporary tensile stresses, during construction without moulds, are in these circumstances carried by the textile or other material stretched over the whole vault and forming the core of the concrete shell. The transverse metal arch stiffeners may be left in the finished shell structure when so required bythe design or may be removed when the shell structure has hardened sufliciently.

When casting a shell structure without the use of moulds the cement or concrete may advantageously be applied in two or more layers. A thin layer is first applied to the longitudinal and textile or other secondary reinforcement and allowed to harden so that the first layer shell becomes rigid and self supporting. Any additional reinforcement is then placed in position and further layers of cement or concrete applied either mechanically or manually until the desired thickness is attained.

In the construction of a cupola of conical shape, for example, the wires stretch along the generating lines of the cone from a point on a temporary centre post at the apex to the prestressing plant at the periphery of the base and are tensioned to the required extent. The textile or metal reinforcement is then placed in position on the wire skeleton and the cement or mortar added as previously described.

' When hardening has taken place the centre post and any other anchorage for attaching the wire are removed and a self supporting shell structure results.

Truncated conical structures, conoid and hyperboloid structures may be constructed on the same principle, the prestressed wires following the generating lines of the structure and being connected to a top and bottom reinforcing ring. As in the case of barrel vault shells these structures can be manufactured in situ or precast with or without the use of moulds.

course be an advantage to pre-cast the bulkheads and use them as patterns during the construction of the hull. The longitudinal wires are stretched the requisite distance'apart along the bulkheads and prestressed evenly to the desired extent. The textile or metallic reinforcement is then placed in position as previously described. The decrease in cross-section towards the, prow and/or stern I6 is automatically effected by a reason of the sizes of the bulkheads there located.

The variation of the cross-sectional shape of the concrete shell 11 forming the hull of the ship is determined by the shape of the bulkheads 61 and the intermediate ribs 68 which with advantage are pre-cast. These members act as the transverse supporting and stiffener diaphragm and form the pattern for the reinforcement of the hull. The high tensile wires 53 are stretched along the ship and kept at predetermined stresses, as applied at 55 in Figs. 1 and 2, while transverse wire reinforcement 56 and 51 of mild steel quality are placed to follow the cross-sectional shape and the principal tensile stresses respectively; in addition metal mesh reinforcements 58 are clipped to the steel skeleton. There are no preliminary stresses in either of these mild steel reinforcements. The decrease in cross-section towards the prow 15 and stem 16 is automatically eflected by reason of the smaller ribs 69 there located.

The pre-tensioned wires 53 positioned in the side walls 'I'l, floor 18, and deck 19, are dead parallel and horizontal in the straight centre part of the hull, and turn slightly inwards, respectively upwards, towards stem and stem. The anchorage plates and blocks for these main wires are situated at such a distance from the last bulkhead that the oonverging wires are collected in an area. of conveniently small dimensions.v In the case of several small vessels being constructed in one row, one behind the other, the anchorages are placed only on each end of the row, and all longitudinal wires run continuously through all hulls,

Two layers of concrete 50 and are shot against the close steel skeleton from outside and inside respectively so that the whole steel is encased. Another layer of high tensile steel wires is pre-tensioned along and outside of the thin gunlte shell and mild steel reinforcements are tied to them in transverse and oblique directions as required by the design. This reinforcing layer is encased by a new layer at gunite and the same process "is repeated until the full thicknesses of side walls 11, gunwales l0, hatch beams 12, and

. deck 19,- have been obtained. The floor 18, bilges The truncated forms can be used to provide a sky.- light at the apex.

H, and keelsons", may be cast in situ in the conventional way encaslng both pre-tensioned and ordinary reinforcements.

Owing to the peculiar statlcsof this design of ship structures the greater part of the pre-tensioned main wires 54 should be concentrated in gunwales l0 and bilges H, as well as in the continuous hatch beams 12 and keelsons 13.

The invention may also be employed for the erection of structures of closed prismatic, pyramidal, cylindrical, conical, hyperbolold and like shape with their truncated variations the height of which structures is gieat compared with the area covered in plan for example, chimneys, towers, silos and. the like.

By way of .example the construction of a prestressed cylindrical chimney is illustrated in the diagrammatic drawings attached:

Fig. 8 represents a-sectlonal elevation taken at VIII-VIII of Fig. 9 of the chimney during erection;

Fig. 9 is a horizontal cross-section at IX-IX of Fig. 8 through the shaft:

Fig. 10 represents the enlarged detail at X of -.the shell as taken from Fig. 8.

I To cast a cylindrical chimney in situ in accordance with this invention the bottom extremities of the main wires 53 extending along the generating lines are anchored 84 to the required extent in the chimney foundation 83 while their upper ends 94 are fixed to a scaffolding. 85 of suitable typesteel tubular for example. The prestressing plant may be inside or outside the structure, in the latter case it is detachable may be re-used.

To reduce the number of separate wires and prestressing devices one wire may extend several times up and down the length of the structure;

in fact the entire longitudinal reinforcement may,

in extreme case, comprise one continuous wire of great length threaded through patterns at the top and bottom of the building. This method of using one continuous wire for several reinforcing units may be applied of course to all prestressed structures or articles with straight wire reinforcement.

After prestressing the wires 53, textile 58 and/or metallic secondary mesh reinforcement 56 is clipped or attached to the pre-tensioned wires 53, preferably on the outside of the latter, and concrete, cement, plaster or the like 59 and 60 is applied in one or several layers, whereby, usually, the pre-tensioned main wires and other reinforcement are completely encased by the outside layers 59 and the inside layers 60, thus forming the core of the shell. After the concrete has suihciently hardened the main wire reinforcement 53 is released from the tensioning devices ,with the previously described effect of pre-comtends only over one or the two last built upper sections 93 and is supported by the bars 9| by the latest built up section 92 and raised section by section until the entire structure is completed. The lower reaction of the sectional prestresses is taken by the lower part of the already built structure. This lower part has already sufliciently hardened and its concrete has been compressed by releasing the lower ends of the reinforcement from the anchorages. In this method of construction the longitudinal wires 53 of requisite length are rolled and kept at the top of the scaffolding 94; they are unwound and pro-tensioned in length sufficient for the one or two vertical building sections above referred to.

As in reinforced concrete shell roof constructions, moulds and scaffolding are the two most costly items in reinforced concrete tower and similar structures. In the sectional construction of shell tower structures herein described moulds are altogether dispensed with while the scalfold in is reduced to the amount required for the one or two building sections.

Towers, silos, chimneys built in accordance with this invention are particularly adapted to withstand the wind pressures to be expected in such high structures. The practical limiting factor in such reinforced concrete structures is the tensile stresses resulting from wind pressure on the windward side; not the compressive stresses caused by the dead weight plus the wind bending moments on the lee side. The present invention results in improved resistance of such structures by reason of the fact that the critical tension can be eliminated completely or to any extent required by the design by the introduction 10 of calculated prestresses'in the main reinforcement wires as described.

It is a characteristic feature of the prestressing principle that any loading conditions foreshadowed in a structure are produced in the reverse state during construction or manufacture. Prestressing of beams, slabs and like articles or structures is effected by a system of prestresses of variable amount in various cross-sectional zones in accordance with the known or assumed direction of the loading to be expected. As wind pressure may come from any side of a tower or likestructure the piestress in the reinforcement wires, resulting in the pro-compression of the concrete shell, is usually made the same all around the structure for each separate horizontal section but it usuallyvaries with the vertical position of the sections and the reinforcement percentage usually decreases with its height over bottom level. Additional strength for the tower, silos, chimney or the like may be provided by applying additional layers of concrete, cement, plaster or the like inside or outside of the prestressed shaft whilst the latter are held on the anchorage or after they have been released thererom.

Containers, silos and storage tank walls are usually subjected to tensile stresses because of the outward pressure of the stored material.

According to the present invention such a structure could comprise a number of part-cylindrical shells arranged so that the intrados of each such part is on the exterior of the structure. The several shell parts may be pre-cast and afterwards erected in position, vertical ribs cast in situ connecting each pair of adjoining shell parts. The walls of such a container are subjected to compressive stresses when loaded; the ring tension is taken by ties connecting diametrically opposite ribs or by tie rings connecting the vertical ribs or by any other convenient arrangement.

The invention may further be applied to the production of pipes, poles, hollow piles or the like pre-cast or cast in situ both without moulds. The main wire reinforcement is arranged on patterns and prestressed along the generating lines of the article and the textile and/or metallic secondary mesh reinforcement is'stretched round and attached to the longitudinal wires thus forming the case of the shell structure and replacing the moulds. This method may be combined with known production methods for hollow reinforced concrete bodies for example spinning and like methods. spinning method the patterns, carrying the prestressed wires together with the textil and/or secondary mesh reinforcement, are rotated by synchronised motors, while the concrete or the like is applied inside to the required thickness. After the concrete has hardened sufficiently the wires are released from the anchorages: The outer finish may be applied to the article either by a cement gun or by hand whilst the wires are connected to the anchorages or after they have been released. When completed the main wires and textile and/or metallic secondary reinforce- When combined with the.

, thereof, a monolithic slab of concrete embedding and in bonding relationship with said reinforcements to thereby provide a formless pre-stressed concrete shell structure, the said longitudinal reinforcement means being permanently maintained under tension alone by the action of said bond between said reinforcement and said concrete slab, the said concrete slab remaining under permanent compression after all shrinkage has taken place and during its loaded condition, the said pre-tensioned reinforcement defining the shape and forming a skeleton for the said construction and the said secondary mesh reinforcement constituting a core for the sole support thereof whereby the necessity for a concrete form is obviated.

2. A mould-less self-supporting reinforced 12 of said hull shell to thereby avoid the use of forms and hardening said concrete in the predetermined shape of said hull shell.

4. A shell construction as set forthin claim 2 s for a roof characterizedby said pre-stressed wires 10 longitudinal tension members and side stiffeners.

5. The method of manufacturing in situ, a shell structure comprising the steps of locating at pre-determined distances apart transverse supporting members curved to the desired shell conl5 tour, stretching between and over said supporting concrete curved shell construction of the type described and for the purposes set forth herein comprising pre-stressed reinforcement wires spaced along the generating lines of said shell defining the shape 'of said construction and forming the sole supporting skeleton of said construction, mesh reinforcement attached to the said pre-stressed wires, a; predetermined thickness of concrete disposed on both sides of said wire and mesh reinforcements which cooperate to form a core for the application of said concrete from both sides thereof, the said pre-stressing of said a magnitude of the order of up to 285,000 pounds. per square inch, the said wires being permanently maintained under said tension alone by the bond between said reinforcement and concretev after the setting and hardening of said concrete has taken place, said concrete remainingunder 25. mentitious permanent compression after all shrinkage thereof has taken place and in its externally loaded condition; the said mesh reinforcement orming the mould for said concrete shell construction and the said pre-tensioned reinforcement wires forming a skeleton of the construction and the sole support for the application of said concrete whereby the necessity for an external form 15'45.

obviated. T 3. The method of constructing areinforced concrete marine hull comprising thesteps of precasting a plurality of varyingly curved transverse members, arranging said transverse members in longitudinally spaced parallel positions to define the shape of the hull shell, positioning a plurality =of longitudinal high tensile reinforcement wires across the edges of said transverse members, prestressing said longitudinal wires to a predetermined extent to form a skeleton of said hull shell 4.0 layer of cementltious material to the predeterv converging toward a. prow and a stern, anchoring said pre-stressed wires in the region of said reinforcement to said pre-stressecrreinforcement,

applying concrete'as by the gunite process to said skeleton and core both internally and externally 85 8,864

' members longitudinal reinforcement wires along the generating lines of said shell structure, spacing said reinforcement wires at intervals and pre-stressing to a predetermined extent defining o the predetermined cross-sectional conformation of said shell structure, to provide a skeleton therefor stretching and. attaching secondary mesh reinforcement over said pre-stressed wires to provide a core for said structure, applying ceaterial to both sides'of said reinlforcements t a predetermined shell thickness, permitting said cem'entitious shell structure to harden and releasing the of said prestressed wires from the source-of said predeterjo mined pre-stressing to thereby provide a shell wires being constant throughout said shell and of structure without the use of a mould.

6. The method of manufacturing a mould-less pre-stressed reinforced concrete shell structure as set forth in claim 5 characterizedmy the initial 5; application of a relatively thin layer of cementitious material to the said pre-stressed wires and said secondary reinforcement, permitting said initial layer to set, applying further reinforcement to said initial layer and applying a further mined thickness of said shell structure.

' KURT BILLIG.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification52/88, 52/245, 114/65.00A, 52/223.6
International ClassificationB63B3/00, B63B5/16, E04B7/10, B63B3/62, B63B5/00
Cooperative ClassificationB63B5/16, E04B7/102, B63B3/62
European ClassificationB63B3/62, E04B7/10B, B63B5/16