An aluminum formwork system is a type of building frame that contains concrete as it dries. It is used in the modern construction of small and large buildings, including single-story houses and multi-unit buildings. Formwork is a temporary structure that supports the concrete until the concrete portion is complete and sturdy on its own.
How is formwork used?
The term "formwork" refers to the panels used to make the frame, also called moldings. The metal formwork consists of an aluminum frame that supports a concrete base. Panels are secured using falsework (hardware that holds forms together) to prevent concrete from pouring through the cracks. You can also use a post & beam slab support system for construction.
It eliminates the need for plaster and allows for full finishing. Aluminum can be compared to steel formwork but is considerably lighter in weight. It is used to cast both the main structure and the building’s details, including doors, stairways, and windows.
Two main advantages of the aluminum formwork are:
1) An aluminum form is time-efficient. A construction crew can build one story every four days during typical construction. It is also easy to repair when damaged. It requires less maintenance and less skill to utilize. Aluminum forms can be lifted without using cranes due to the low aluminum density, making them very lightweight.
2) It is sturdy and durable. An aluminum rail section is welded to an aluminum plate. All components are manufactured using a metal alloy plate. The formwork supports itself laterally and vertically. When an aluminum form is installed, it is self-supporting with a complete framework. Panels are made from a strong aluminum alloy using a thick skin plate and a thick ribbing to provide a strong panel.