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Caption | Cross-section of the Locrete element.

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Dimensions of the element:

  • Cross section: 7.50cm (width) x 6.5cm (height)
  • Element span: 6 metres (maximum)
  • Weight: 10 kg for every linear metre, maximum 60 kg
  • Concrete: 50MPa
  • Reinforcement strand: 5mm - 8mm steel strand

About the Locrete Element

The heart of the system is the precast, prestressed concrete element. With a circular cross-section, flattened from the top and bottom and a prestressed steel strand running through its centre, the element functions as a modified log of concrete.

Element's Technical Brief

Locrete elements are machine cast using standard materials for the production of precast compacted concrete reinforced with prestressed steel wires or strands. The element has a fixed cross sectional dimension and form that allows the efficient construction of walls and slabs, capitalising on the economy of the system while delivering quality and standards that meet international and national building codes.

The maximum useful length of the element is six metres with a weight of 10 kilogrammes per metre length, which makes the Locrete element easy to handle and light enough to be carried by two workers. The strength of the concrete in the elements exceeds 50 MPa when fully cured making Locrete structurally sound.

Compliance with the international standards mandate that construction products are suitable when they perform well in the following categories: Mechanical resistance and stability; safety in case of fire; hygiene, health and environment; safety in use; protection against noise; and energy economy. The Locrete system performs well in all these fields performing particularly well in fire resistance, reducing energy consumption, demonstrating good sound insulation and minimising environmental impact both in production and construction processes.