Pervious materials experts have sought out ways to improve the materials durability in order to add to its long list of benefits for the owners and architects to specify it. Laboratory research and real-world projects have shown that synthetic fibers can answer these sought after durability goals, by reducing surface raveling and abrasion, increasing the freeze/thaw resistance, and improving the overall toughness of pervious concrete pavements. As an integral, non-corrosive, three-dimensional reinforcement method, synthetic fibers represent the best opportunity to enhance the performance of pervious concrete and allow its use with confidence in future applications.
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It’s that time of year again! The concrete canoe season has begun and engineering students across the country are readying their competition canoe designs for the upcoming 2017 regional student competitions. Eighteen American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Conferences are held every spring around the country, each including a business meeting, professional/technical presentations, competitions (surveying, technical paper presentations, concrete canoe competition, steel bridge), social activities and an awards banquet.
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The 22nd Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition was held on May 13-15, 2016, at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. The competition is a three-day event that hosts teams from all different academic backgrounds.
The Fiber Reinforced Concrete Association’s (FRCA) yearly Innovative Fiber Project of the Year (IFPY) award acknowledges and highlights innovative and unique projects that expose and advance the use of fiber-reinforced concrete throughout the U.S. market. This award takes all types of applications into consideration, such as shotcrete, precast, decorative, pervious or slab-on-ground.
The Safe Way Is the Fiber Way:
An area of concern for contractors when working on composite steel floor decks is the safety of their workers. Many contractors tell stories of their workers catching their boots on the wire mesh fabric, falling and injuring themselves. This can lead to costly workers compensation claims for the employer. Also, there is the added cost of storing the wire mesh fabric on the job-site, as well as then safely craning the wire mesh fabric to each deck level. In many cases it’s difficult to place the wire mesh fabric in the proper location, especially the thin concrete cross-section above the corrugation. The Wire Reinforcement Institute states, “Only when the wire mesh is properly selected, placed and supported can its use be recommended and it’s cost warranted.”
FORTA-FERRO® macro synthetic fibers eliminate a number of these issues.
- First, fiber reinforcement is mixed in the concrete at the batch plant and delivered to the job-site where it can be pumped to each deck level. This eliminates the need for storing and craning steel around the job-site.
- Secondly, FORTA-FERRO® 3-D reinforcement property eliminates any concern as to whether the reinforcement is in the correct location.
- Lastly, using FORTA-FERRO® in composite steel floor deck slabs reduces the possible trip hazards associated with traditional wire mesh fabric reinforcement.
FORTA-FERRO® has UL certification for use as an alternate or in addition to wire mesh fabric in Floor-Ceiling D700, D800 and D900 series designs.
FORTA Corporation, founded in 1978, spent the first 15 years in business focused on using low dosages (1.0 to 3.0 lbs./cu yd) of synthetic fibers to control concrete cracking caused by the effects of plastic shrinkage. Yet during that time, the goal was always to refine the fiber characteristics that would allow for much higher dosages and therefore lead to performance improvements in many areas – all while remaining user-friendly in the field. After a decade of research and trials, the FORTA-FERRO® macro fiber was introduced in early 2000.Check out more about FORTA® here: http://www.forta-ferro.com/
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