Romans are the pioneers of the concrete revolution. Their structures have lasted close to 2000 years. In 1995, Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures (ISIS) was formed by the Federal Government to investigate the crumbling infrastructure of North America. Todays Steel-reinforced concrete will begin to deteriorate after 10 to 15 years and will generally require major repairs after 25 years.
Rust Staining, Business Entryway, Edmonton, AB STAGE 1 BLEEDING
De-lamination Cracking, 19 Year Old Ontario Bridge, MTO 2005 STAGE 2 CRACKING
Corrosion Induced Cracking, 23 Yr Old Ontario Bridge, MTO 2007 STAGE 3 SPALLING
Chloride Induced Corrosion, Roof of 13 Year Old Swimming Pool Collapses, Switzerland STAGE 4 FAILURE
In 1997, Dywidag-Systems International contacted BP Automation/Brandstrom Engineering Ltd. to develop a threaded fibreglass rebar system. In 1999, the company developed threaded fibreglass manufacturing equipment. In 2000, BP Composites Ltd. was formed to supply DSI and the mining industry with fibreglass rebar and rock bolts.
In 2006, ISIS Canada developed a Product Specification Manual for GFRP reinforcement for civil application. BP Composites Ltd. adjusted and expanded their GFRP process to create a family of rebar sizes suitable for concrete reinforcement.
ISIS Canada developed... Canada -CAN/CSA-S606 (2006) Fibre Reinforced Structures, Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code Canadian Standards Association, pp.693-728 -CAN/CSA-S806-12 Design and Construction of Building Components with Fibre-Reinforced Polymers Canadian Standards Association
USA -ACI 440.1R-06 (2006) Guide for the Design and Construction of Structural Concrete Reinforced with FRP Bars, American Concrete Institute -AASHTO GFRP-1 (2009) AASHTO LFRD Bridge Design Guide Specifications for GFRP-Reinforced Concrete Bridge Decks and Traffic Railings, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Code Compliance: -CAN/CSA-S807-10, Specifications for Fibre-Reinforced Polymers Material Code Requirements for GFRP rebar: -Vinyl Ester Resin -E type fibreglass -or E-CR fibreglass (Corrosion Resistant)
Mechanical Properties 1.Cross-Sectional Area 2.Longitudinal Tensile Strength for Bars 3.Longitudinal Tensile Modulus and Ultimate Elongation 4.Bond Strength 5.Transverse Shear Strength 6.Strength of FRP Bent Bars 7.Longitudinal Tensile Strength and Modulus of FRP Bent Bars 8.Longitudinal Tensile Properties at Cold Temperature 9.Flexural Strength and Modulus
Physical Properties 1.Fibre Content 2.Longitudinal Coefficient of Thermal Expansion 3.Transverse Coefficient of Thermal Expansion 4.Density 5.Void Content 6.Water Absorption 7.Cure Ratio 8.Glass Transition Temperature
Durability Properties 1.Alkali Resistance in High pH Solution (No Load) 2.Alkali Resistance in High pH Solution (Load) 3.Creep Rupture Strength 4.Creep (10,000 Hr Test)
Rigorous testing has concluded: -100+ Year Life Expectancy for GFRP Reinforced Structures.
TUF-BAR® tested in accordance with -CAN/CSA-S807-10 Specifications for Fibre-Reinforced Polymers -CAN/CSA-S806-12 Design and Construction of Building Components with Fibre-Reinforced Polymers -CAN/CSA-S6-06 (2006) Fibre Reinforced Structures, Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, pp.693-728 -ACI 440.3R-04 (2004) Guide Test Methods for Fiber- Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) for Reinforcing or Strengthening Concrete Structures -AASHTO GFRP-1 (2009) AASHTO LFRD Bridge Design Guide Specifications for GFRP-Reinforced Concrete Bridge Decks and Traffic Railings,
Features - Impervious to Chloride-Ion and Chemical Attack - ¼ Weight of Steel - 2x Tensile Strength of Steel - Thermal Isolator - Non-Conductive - Non-Magnetic - Sizes #2-#8, 6mm-25mm - Standard/Custom Lengths, Shapes, Bends
Black SteelStainless SteelTUF-BAR® Price10x Black SteelEquivalent to Galvanized CorrosionSusceptible Non-Susceptible Weight1/4 of Steel Tensile Strength2x Steel/Stainless Modulus200 GPa 40,60 GPa Bond Strength8-11 MPa 14 MPa Thermal ConductivityYes No Electrical ConductivityYes No MagneticYesNo
Canada Green Building Council Member Green Alberta Evaluation No. 09-004-V01 TUF-BAR® is 100% recyclable TUF-BAR® contributes: -6 LEED® Credits in Canada -7 LEED® Credits in USA
High Embedment Strength - Rough Surface - Sand Coating Fatigue - 20x Longer Under Cyclic Loads Minimal Concrete Cover
Loading Fixture A. El-Ragaby, E. F. El-Salakawy and B. Benmokrane
Low Risk Profile Lightweight Cuts with Chop Saw or Grinding Disc (No Shears) Vinyl Coated Tie Wire or Zip Ties No Patching or Corrosion Treatment
Studied in 12 Countries and 70 Universities Extensive Canadian Studies involving 22 Researchers and 14 Universities
Researchers conclude 100+ Year Life Expectancy for GFRP Reinforced Structures: 1.No Degradation in GFRP Reinforcement 2.Excellent Bonding 3.No Debonding 4.No Microcracking 5.No Voids 6.No Resin Microcracking 7.No Glass Fibre Degradation 8.No Significant Delamination/Debonding 9.No Glass Transition 10.No Sign of Chemical Degradation of the Resin 11.No Chemical Degradation (Hydrolysis)
Composites Innovation Centre University of Manitoba GFRP 70% cost savings over 100 years
CAN/CSA-S6-06 (2006) Canadian Highway Bridge Code, pg.693-728 CAN/CSA-S806-12 Design and Constructions of Building Components with Fibre- Reinforced Polymers If you look at the full life cycle cost, GFRP is far more cost- effective than metallic reinforcement Dr. Brahim Benmokrane NSERC Industry Research Chair
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