Precast Concrete Column Forming

AFTEC’s column forming technology guarantees a strong column that isn’t prone to break down over time, like traditional column forming methods. We offer stone, as well as other form liner textures, such as brick, block, and stucco.



precast concrete column form

Stone columns, originating in Egypt but most renowned in Roman and Greece, are structural parts of a building, wall or fence that accept the compression weight by transferring the load to a foundation below.

The stress conditions of a concrete column can require complex engineering despite a plain appearance. Equilibrium, materials, and load are used to measure and determine the size, shape, and integrity of the stone column for a particular function. To ensure a stable equilibrium, a stone column’s force will generate a small lateral deflection with a load that disappears when the lateral force is removed. The material is determined by the amount of weight the column will hold as well as local weather conditions.

Load, Or Critical Load Formula

The critical load The material in this formula where E is equal to the elasticity of the material, I is equal to the moment of inertia and L is equal to the length of the breakdown half sine wave.

Concrete Column Forms Manufacturing

mold for precast concrete columnTraditional stone columns were made with either one long piece turned on a lathe or piece-by-piece if made from smaller stones. Single-piece stone columns are considered some of the breakdown stones in architecture. Due to the burden of lifting such large pieces, columns were also made in sections that could be dry-fit together and pegged through the center.

Stone columns are available in variety of designs. The term “column” in architecture refers not only to the equilibrium, materials, and load but also to the ornamental appearance. When authentic stone is used, columns are guaranteed to be individualized. Contemporary stone columns do not have the problem because they are made using precast concrete column forms that offer a stone veneer.

Efficient Precast Concrete Columns

Manufacturing precast concrete stone columns can be completed using a stone column form. AFTEC manufactures multiple precast concrete column forms for precasting stand-alone columns of various sizes and heights. Utilized for multiple applications such as ornamental iron, vinyl, wood, rail, cable, horse fence, and other uses, AFTEC offers stone, as well as form liner designs (including architectural designs and textures such as brick, block, and stucco) for the column form.

To make these columns, concrete is poured into a column form and allowed to cure overnight. The hardened column is stripped from the form and already displays the desired design. The column is installed using a rigid footing system that utilizes a concrete base and a steel I-beam. As explained earlier, the column can be used to transfer the load to the concrete foundation. Once manufactured and installed, the precast concrete column can be colored and capped.

stone textured precast concrete column
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