Slip-form application to concrete structures

Tarek Zayed, M. Reza Sharifi, Sandel Baciu, Mohamed Amer

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Because of superior speed and productivity, slip forms were extensively utilized as a potential formwork candidate in constructing concrete structures for the past few decades. Typical projects that employ this formwork technique are: Core of high-rise buildings, silos, telecommunication towers, cooling towers, heavy concrete offshore platforms, etc. The research presented in this paper aims at studying slip-form application to cores and silos, assessing its productivity, and determining its appropriate speed as well as auxiliary resource combinations. Simulation models are developed in which the potential control units in a slip-form system are described for cores and silos. Data are collected from several case study projects. A set of charts has been developed to predict productivity considering different stoppages, core cross section area, slipping (jacking) rate, and concrete placing methods. These charts play an essential role in managing slip-form application to cores and silos. Results show that the developed simulation models predict the productivity of case study projects with 99.70 and 99.30% accuracy for cores and silos, respectively. The presented research is relevant to both researchers and practitioners. It provides practitioners with charts that assist in scheduling and managing the required resources for slip-form application. In addition, it provides researchers with simulation models and framework for implementing slip forms to core and silo construction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-168
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Concrete structures
  • Construction management
  • Productivity
  • Simulation models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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