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FORMrite, untreated plywood provides strong support for the forming of concrete walls, floors, roofs, frames and civil engineering structures.

  Formrite

FORMrite is a high quality plywood panel produced predominantly from graded Pinus radiata veneers. These are glued with phenol formaldehyde resin and overlaid with a hard durable resin impregnated paper to give concrete a smooth finish. With a durable A-Type Marine bond, FORMrite can withstand the rigours of construction moisture. Its hard phenolic surface and high quality outer veneers make it durable and reusable.

FORMrite gives builders a better surface for pouring concrete and offers a class 2 finish on the first pour (when used in accordance with the recommended Carter Holt Harvey installation details and AS 3610 recommendations).

FORMrite is a cost effective solution;

  • Significant number of re-uses
  • Can be used in modern optimised form systems such as table forms and jump forms
  • Suits a range of frame spacings, concrete slab thicknesses and surface tolerances
  • Can be used on steel or timber form frame systems
  • Lighter in weight than imported or rain forest hardwoods
  • Available FSC® 'Chain of custody' (FSC-C018480) on request for Green Star credits

FORMrite has a cross-laminated construction. So the panel is less likely to expand or contract when exposed to rain and temperature changes, making it easier to lay forms for large decks.

Product Identification Code Nominal Thickness(mm) Length mm    +/-2mm Width mm    +/-2mm Sheets per pack
12-24-5 12 2400, 1800 1200 55
17-10-7 17 2400, 1800 1200 40
17-15-7 17 2400, 1800 1200 40
17-24-7 17 2400, 1800 1200 40
Product
ID Code
Nominal
Thickness
(mm)
Length mm
+/-2mm
Width mm
+/-2mm
Sheets
per pack
12-24-5 12 2400, 1800 1200 55
17-10-7 17 2400, 1800 1200 40
17-15-7 17 2400, 1800 1200 40
17-24-7 17 2400, 1800 1200 40

 

Legend  Structural Grading

 

F11

  F14, F17 & F22

Framing and plywood thickness

Framing centres depend on the F grade, plywood identification code and the direction of the face grain for a given thickness of wet concrete, as well as the design limit decided by the designer.

Sheet layout

Maximum joist spacing are provided in Table 3 below for FORMrite sheets laid with the face grain (long edge) both across and parallel to the joists. Allow a 2 to 3 mm expansion gap on all sheet edges. Use polystyrene filler on joint sealer in the expansion gaps if required.

Maximum allowable joist spacing for FORMrite for slab soffits

Table 3 Concrete Slab Thickness (mm)
Plywood Identification Code Stress Grade 100 150 200 300 400 600 1000
Face grain across joists
Maximum allowable joist spacing (mm)
12-24-5 F11 450 400 400 300 300 300 225
17-10-7 F11 480 480 480 450 400 300 300
17-10-7 F14 480 480 480 450 400 400 300
17-10-7 F17/14 600 480 480 480 450 400 300
17-15-7 F11 480 480 480 450 400 400 300
17-15-7 F14 600 480 480 480 450 400 300
17-15-7 F17/14 600 480 480 480 480 400 300
17-24-7 F11 600 480 480 480 480 400 300
17-24-7 F14 600 600 480 480 480 450 300
Concrete Slab Thickness (mm)
100 150 200 300 400 600 1000
Face grain parallel to joists
Maximum allowable joist spacing (mm)
300 225 225 225 225 - -
480 480 480 480 450 400 300
600 480 480 480 450 400 300
600 480 480 480 450 400 300
480 480 480 450 400 300 300
480 480 480 450 400 400 300
480 480 480 450 400 400 300
450 400 400 300 300 300 225
480 450 400 400 300 300 225

Table 3 - Maximum allowable joist spacing (mm) for FORMrite for slab soffits

Face grain across joists

Plywood Identification Code Stress Grade Concrete Slab Thickness (100 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (150 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (200 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (300 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (400 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (600 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (1000 mm)
12-24-5 F11 450 400 400 300 300 300 225
17-10-7 F11 480 480 480 450 400 300 300
17-10-7 F14 480 480 480 450 400 400 300
17-10-7 F17/14 600 480 480 480 450 400 300
17-15-7 F11 480 480 480 450 400 400 300
17-15-7 F14 600 480 480 480 450 400 300
17-15-7 F17/14 600 480 480 480 480 400 300
17-24-7 F11 600 480 480 480 480 400 300
17-24-7 F14 600 600 480 480 480 450 300

Face grain parallel to joists

Plywood Identification Code Stress Grade Concrete Slab Thickness (100 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (150 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (200 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (300 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (400 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (600 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (1000 mm)
300 225 225 225 225 - -
480 480 480 480 450 400 300
600 480 480 480 450 400 300
600 480 480 480 450 400 300
480 480 480 450 400 300 300
480 480 480 450 400 400 300
480 480 480 450 400 400 300
450 400 400 300 300 300 225
480 450 400 400 300 300 225

 

Formwork Assembly

The objective of fixing the elements of a formwork assembly is to provide an appropriately strong rigid form that has ease of handling, erection and stripping. The formface fixing should be designed to:

  1. Hold joints tightly together;
  2. Fix the plywood and framing so the formwork assembly becomes a cohesive structure for handling & stripping; and
  3. Enable easy diismantling and maximum material recovery.

Following are some additional tips that will assist the formwork designer to achieve the required finish:

  1. Used with proper release agents, edge and face tapes and solid perimeter fixing, FORMrite formply can achieve a Class 2 finish. Class 2 finish can only be assured for one pour per face as the subsequent condition of the face after the first pour depends on the handling of others;
  2. It is a mandatory requirement of AS 3610 to provide test panels if a Class 2 finish has been specified;
  3. Allow for expansion and contraction of the panels to avoid possible buckling. Moisture uptake can increase the dimensions of the panel and an expansion gap of approximately 2mm is recommended; and
  4. To avoid staining of concrete if forms are used often, use hot dip galvanised, stainless steel or alloy nails or screws as required.

Release agents

Apply sparingly. Heavy application may cause runs and colour variation in the concrete.

Framing and plywood thickness

Framing centres depend on the F grade, plywood identification code and the direction of the face grain for a given thickness of wet concrete, as well as the design limit decided by the designer.

Sheet layout

Maximum joist spacing are provided in Table 3 below for FORMrite sheets laid with the face grain (long edge) both across and parallel to the joists. Allow a 2 to 3 mm expansion gap on all sheet edges. Use polystyrene filler on joint sealer in the expansion gaps if required.

Maximum allowable joist spacing for FORMrite for slab soffits

Table 3 Concrete Slab Thickness (mm)
Plywood Identification Code Stress Grade 100 150 200 300 400 600 1000
Face grain across joists
Maximum allowable joist spacing (mm)
12-24-5 F11 450 400 400 300 300 300 225
17-10-7 F11 480 480 480 450 400 300 300
17-10-7 F14 480 480 480 450 400 400 300
17-10-7 F17/14 600 480 480 480 450 400 300
17-15-7 F11 480 480 480 450 400 400 300
17-15-7 F14 600 480 480 480 450 400 300
17-15-7 F17/14 600 480 480 480 480 400 300
17-24-7 F11 600 480 480 480 480 400 300
17-24-7 F14 600 600 480 480 480 450 300
Concrete Slab Thickness (mm)
100 150 200 300 400 600 1000
Face grain parallel to joists
Maximum allowable joist spacing (mm)
300 225 225 225 225 - -
480 480 480 480 450 400 300
600 480 480 480 450 400 300
600 480 480 480 450 400 300
480 480 480 450 400 300 300
480 480 480 450 400 400 300
480 480 480 450 400 400 300
450 400 400 300 300 300 225
480 450 400 400 300 300 225

Table 3 - Maximum allowable joist spacing (mm) for FORMrite for slab soffits

Face grain across joists

Plywood Identification Code Stress Grade Concrete Slab Thickness (100 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (150 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (200 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (300 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (400 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (600 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (1000 mm)
12-24-5 F11 450 400 400 300 300 300 225
17-10-7 F11 480 480 480 450 400 300 300
17-10-7 F14 480 480 480 450 400 400 300
17-10-7 F17/14 600 480 480 480 450 400 300
17-15-7 F11 480 480 480 450 400 400 300
17-15-7 F14 600 480 480 480 450 400 300
17-15-7 F17/14 600 480 480 480 480 400 300
17-24-7 F11 600 480 480 480 480 400 300
17-24-7 F14 600 600 480 480 480 450 300

Face grain parallel to joists

Plywood Identification Code Stress Grade Concrete Slab Thickness (100 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (150 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (200 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (300 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (400 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (600 mm) Concrete Slab Thickness (1000 mm)
300 225 225 225 225 - -
480 480 480 480 450 400 300
600 480 480 480 450 400 300
600 480 480 480 450 400 300
480 480 480 450 400 300 300
480 480 480 450 400 400 300
480 480 480 450 400 400 300
450 400 400 300 300 300 225
480 450 400 400 300 300 225

 

Formwork Assembly

The objective of fixing the elements of a formwork assembly is to provide an appropriately strong rigid form that has ease of handling, erection and stripping. The formface fixing should be designed to:

  1. Hold joints tightly together;
  2. Fix the plywood and framing so the formwork assembly becomes a cohesive structure for handling & stripping; and
  3. Enable easy diismantling and maximum material recovery.

Following are some additional tips that will assist the formwork designer to achieve the required finish:

  1. Used with proper release agents, edge and face tapes and solid perimeter fixing, FORMrite formply can achieve a Class 2 finish. Class 2 finish can only be assured for one pour per face as the subsequent condition of the face after the first pour depends on the handling of others;
  2. It is a mandatory requirement of AS 3610 to provide test panels if a Class 2 finish has been specified;
  3. Allow for expansion and contraction of the panels to avoid possible buckling. Moisture uptake can increase the dimensions of the panel and an expansion gap of approximately 2mm is recommended; and
  4. To avoid staining of concrete if forms are used often, use hot dip galvanised, stainless steel or alloy nails or screws as required.

Release agents

Apply sparingly. Heavy application may cause runs and colour variation in the concrete.

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