Types of Towers and Measures for Comparison between the Towers
The tower functions as a light construction made of steel or aluminum.
Assembled in a modular form, this tower consists of a small number of basic components, as well as several other components and devices. The formwork system, one that the shoring towers are an inseparable part of, is a temporary construction built in order to provide a fresh concrete support – up to the point where it hardens and becomes strong enough to stand on its own without any support.
An array of support towers, which are connected to one another in diagonals, operates as a strong construction that allows concrete components support various weights and heights.
The tower provides quick structural and economic solutions that support concrete components above high spaces – without any need for a hoisting equipment of any kind or a professional manpower.
The tower holds several advantages that outshine the use of a standard telescopic post; advantages that establish the tower as an acceptable method that supports concrete components above standard-height spaces.
- Convenient construction – the tower is a stable construction that stands independently and without any additional support.
- The tower also functions as means for climbing due to horizontal and diagonals elements that set it up.
- Safety at work – the tower’s stability provides a sense of safety for those who work on it.
- The tower can also be used as a scaffolding work.
- High carrying capacity – it allows the establishment of a not crowded support system that reduces the material inputs as well as the manpower materials throughout the construction and dismantling.
The construction process of the tower is fast and easy: two workers can easily assemble the tower, while in extreme instances even a single worker can assemble the tower all by himself.
Since it holds a high carrying capacity and can be assembled to high altitudes, it is easy to level and adjust the height of the tower.
Either made out of steel or aluminum, we can detect several types and forms of the following towers:
- If the basic unit of towers is a triangle frame (referred to as „triangle“) – then we can assemble towers which, horizontally, are in the shape of a quadrangular (either rectangle or square, while each floor consists of three „triangles“).
- If the basic unit of towers is a quadrangular frame – then each floor consists of two parallel frames, while the frames in each of these floors rotate at 90 degrees towards the frames underneath them. The shape of the tower, horizontally, will always be a quadrangular.
- In contrast to the above two frames, we can assemble towers that consist of two parallel frames (also referred to as „ladders“) and that are tied to one another by two diagonal pairs („cross brace“) – not only as individual towers, but as interconnected towers as well (in other words, a sequence of towers).
- A system of individual support posts with high carrying capacity and a significant height (relatively for regular telescopic posts in a standard height), that are interconnected via truss frames. These towers can also be assembled as individual towers as well a sequence of towers.
In order to locate the preferable tower under the given constraints, criteria for comparison between the different types of towers should be set; either economic or engineering-wise, these criteria should be taken into account at any given project.