Shuttering battens, also known as formwork battens or formwork bearers, are horizontal members used in construction to support the formwork or temporary molds that shape the concrete during the casting process. They are typically made of wood or metal and are placed parallel to each other at regular intervals to create a framework for pouring and containing the concrete.
The purpose of shuttering battens is to provide structural support and stability to the formwork, ensuring that it can withstand the weight of the wet concrete and any additional loads during the construction process. They help maintain the desired shape and dimensions of the concrete element being constructed, such as walls, columns, beams, or slabs.
Shuttering battens are often positioned vertically to form the sides or faces of the formwork, while other horizontal battens or joists are placed across them to provide further support and rigidity. The spacing and size of the battens depend on the specific requirements of the construction project, taking into account factors such as the weight of the concrete, the formwork design, and the desired finish of the concrete surface.
Once the concrete has cured and hardened, the formwork is removed, and the shuttering battens can be reused for other construction projects if they are still in good condition.
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