Elasto Plastic Concrete (EPC) has appointed Dr. Ralf Winterberg (MSc PhD Civil Engineering) as Group Chief Engineer. His primary responsibilities will be the coordination of the group technical development and R&D, the continued development of synthetic fibre technologies and the development of global design standards for the use of synthetic fibre reinforcement.
Dr. Winterberg’s move to Elasto Plastic Concrete from the steel fibre business is representative of the increased use and acceptance of synthetic fibre reinforcement in the construction industry, says EPC.
“I am very pleased to be joining EPC and continuing the growth and use of macro synthetic fibre particularly in underground construction where I have been involved for many years. I can see that macro fibres have great potential and add significant benefits in construction where durability and sustainability may be of concern, such as water and sewerage tunnels” said Dr. Winterberg.
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Dr. Winterberg specialises in the use and development of fibre reinforcement for concrete. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Bochum, Germany, and received his Ph.D. on the cracking behaviour of steel fibre reinforced concrete there in 1998. For the past 16 years Dr. Winterberg has led the development of steel fibre reinforced concrete with several companies, eventually as Technical Director of the fibre division at Maccaferri Asia.
EPC CEO Matthew Clements states “The appointment of Ralf to the position of Group Chief Engineer is an important step for EPC and is critical to our strategic plan to grow our business in more sophisticated construction such as segmental linings. Ralf will add significant value to our technical team and already outstanding research and design capability”
Ralf co-authored the Guide to good Practice “Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete“ by the German Concrete Association and contributed to RILEM TC162-TDF “Test and Design Methods for SFRC” as well as to CEN TC104 WG11 “Fibres for Concrete” for the harmonised European Standard EN 14889. He was chairing the Fibres’ Technical Committee of EFNARC and is a member of ITA– AITES WG12 “Shotcrete use” and ITA-Tech AG “Support”.