Carbon-Fiber Concrete Reinforcement
Fortress Stabilization Systems Engineer and Contractor Resources
ENGINEER / CONTRACTOR
Reinforced concrete is cement in which bars (“rebars”) or fibers have been incorporated to strengthen a material that would otherwise be brittle. Nearly all cement used in construction today is reinforced. Reinforcing cement to keep it from cracking is nothing new – even the earliest civilizations used natural fibers to inhibit cracking in masonry structures. The most widely-accepted form of enhancement is welded-wire fabric, a mesh of steel wires that is placed in cement. Synthetic-fiber can also be used and can reduce the labor costs and difficulty in placement of the welded-wire mesh. These reinforcing methods are incorporated into the cement when it is made.
But what happens when structures crack, begin to fail, or the initial construction did not account for additional strength needed for unpredictable circumstances, such as wind loads? Rebar or other synthetic reinforcing materials cannot be added to existing structures.
Carbon-Fiber Kevlar® in Concrete Reinforcement
Fortress Stabilization Systems, employing carbon-fiber kevlar technology, have been used in a wide range of applications to provide reinforcement to existing structures. When it comes to concrete reinforcement of existing structures, nothing beats our carbon-fiber kevlar sheet straps.
Our engineers are continuously being requested to evaluate the use of our system in all sorts of applications, including Bridge and overpass reinforcement to increase load tolerance, support of building steeples because of under-designed wind loads, parking garages to restore structural integrity, brick buildings to increase shear capacity, highway repair to waterproof segmental joints, home foundations to repair fractured foundations, new construction to increase wind load tolerances not considered during construction, and much more. Our carbon-fiber kevlar system has even been used to reinforce mining shafts!
Concrete reinforcement with carbon-fiber sheet straps is a time-proven and tested method of reinforcing existing concrete and masonry structures for the purposes of repair or to strengthen the integrity and load tolerance of existing structures. Take a tour of our case studies to see if your needs are illustrated. Have an idea for a new application? Contact our engineers and we will evaluate and test your proposed application.
If the integrity of your foundation or other structural component of any building or structure is compromised, such as cracked or bowed, or is otherwise in question, consider carbon fiber as the solution. Compared to other methods, it offers superior later sheer strength, it not obtrusive as is steel I-beams, does not require any heavy equipment or specialized machinery, and is non-invasive (no need to jack hammer into existing floors or structures). It is the preferred method for most applications in the 21st century.
Contact Us if you have any questions and/or need additional information on our products and their applications. Fortress Stabilization welcomes your input and inquiry.