Fiberglass Rebar and Public Transportation

fiberglass rebar or Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar is used in many construction applications throughout the world. In fact the global FRP rebar market is expected to grow from USD 186 million in 2021 to USD 344 million by 2026, at a CAGR of 13.0% during the forecast period.

One of the major applications that fiberglass rebar is commonly used in is for its use in the public transportation sector. There are various structures within this industry that require the use of rebar when constructing.

Fiberglass Rebar in Subways and Rail systems

When building a subway or LRT system the use of rebar is used in retaining walls and for the ground concrete structure of the system. Down time and construction of a subway system can be costly and require the system to be down for long periods of time. In order to reduce the potential of corrosion and damage the use of fiberglass rebar will allow an underground to last for 100+ years. When it comes to self driving systems, Electric trains, in particular, require there to be little to no magnetic or conductive reinforcement materials used and our rebar products are 100% non-conductive and non-magnetic.

Fiberglass Rebar in Bus Stops

The surface of the roadway at bus stops are sometimes built with fiberglass concrete slabs. The bus stops built with epoxy coated and untreated steel rebar can expect to corrode in as little as 10 – 15 years and major restoration work will be required as time goes on. Concrete slabs reinforced with TUF-BAR Fiberglass Rebar will be able to stay in good shape even after 100 years. For more information on fiberglass rebar contact us today.

TUF-BAR Canada Background Information | Video

TUF-BAR has been developing and producing Fiberglass rebar since 1998. Learn more about our company and our products.

Background Information

In 1995 the Canadian Government National Research Council (NRC) formed a research team (SIMTReC) to find a solution to the crumbling infrastructure of North America.

In 1998, BP Automation developed a threaded fibreglass rebar for mining applications.

In 2000, BP Composites was formed to supply the mining industry threaded fiberglass rebar rock bolts.

In 2007, NRC (SIMTReC) encouraged BP Composites to develop fiberglass rebar (TUF-BAR) for infrastructure applications.

Company History

1999, Developed and patented GFRP Threaded Rebar manufacturing system

1999, BP Composites (BPC) was incorporated to manufacture GFRP Rebar

2005, BPC developed non-threaded GFRP Rebar (TUF-BAR)

2008, Development of bend technology

2009, Chair Member of National Research Council SIMTReC

2009, BPC launched their 40 GPa GFRP Rebar

2012, BPC launched their 60 GPa GFRP Rebar

2013, BPC moved its operations into its new pilot plant facility

2016, BPC was renamed TUF-BAR Inc. after a rebranding marketing plan

2018, Development of large diameter Dowels

2019, Development of 60 GPA Bend technology

2020, Develop Headed Anchor Bar

Mechanical Properties

(Straight & Bent Bars)

1. Cross-Sectional Area

2. Tensile Strength

3. Modulus of Elasticity

4. Ultimate Elongation

5. Bond Strength

6. Transverse Shear Strength

7. Cold Temperature Tensile Properties

8. Flexural Modulus and Strength

Physical Properties

1. Fibre Content

2. Coefficient of Thermal Expansion

3. Longitudinal & Transverse

4. Density

5. Void Content

6. Water Absorption

7. Cure Ratio

8. Glass Transition Temperature

Durability Properties

1. Alkali Resistance in High pH Solution (60C 3 months 14 pH) With Load or Without Load

2. Creep – Test Creep at 10,000 Hr

3. Creep Rupture Strength – Extrapolate Creep failure to 1 million Hr, Must hold >35% UTS @ 1 million Hr

Fire Rating Building Code

1 Hour Bridges

2 Hours Parking Garage

TUF-BAR Rebar lasted over 3 Hours during both tests for 40 mm concrete cover & 60 mm concrete cover. The fire test was done on full-size bridge deck slabs 228 mm thick. Hydraulic jacks were used to exert 50% of the ultimately allowed load on the decks during the fire test.

GFRP Products

Rebar Sizes #3-#12, 10 mm-38 mm

Coiled #8 bar 1000 meters continuous length

Helical Coils for Piles

Bent Bars, 50 GPA, 60 GPA

complex shapes, stirrups, cages

Lifting Anchors for Precast

Fence Barrier Panel

Rock Bolts

Form Ties


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Retaining Walls and Fiberglass Rebar Advantages

Retaining walls are used in various applications to hold back a large amount of soil or sand that would not typically stand at that specific angle, typically a very steep slope or hill. This helps to avoid erosion They are used on roadways, coastal lines, and landscaping. When it comes to coastal lines where soil or eath is on the backside and water on the front side it is called a seawall.

They are one of the most exposed concrete structures as they are prone to salt and water damage. Retaining walls are used on roadways where they can be splashed by water and dirt or along coastal walkways and barriers where the saltwater can eat away at the structure. The weight of the saturated soils behind the walls can also push against and that can cause it to break apart in some cases or have poor drainage solutions.

retaining walls and fiberglass rebar

Fiberglass rebar holds a large advantage over steel rebar when it comes to structures such as retaining walls. Structures can corrode over time which is a chemical reaction between any material and its environment and can cause deterioration of materials. Corrosion-resistant options will save money and time long term especially in structures such as retaining walls that pose a costly risk to tear down after rebar has corroded. Fiberglass rebar is a corrosion-resistant product and will not rust even in harsh environments such as salt, chemicals, chloride, or the alkaline present in concrete.

Fiberglass rebar also has a stronger tensile strength than other forms of rebar. It has double the tensile strength and is only a quarter of the weight of steel rebar.

Learn More – Fiberglass Rebar Advantages

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Fiberglass Licensing Opportunities

Fiberglass and Composite Rebar Licensing

The fiberglass rebar market continues to grow in 2020 and beyond. Major drivers of growth for this market are an increase in new transportation construction and growth in commercial and residential construction. This also includes marine structures and waterfronts.

A large opportunity exists in the North American Market with over a quarter of bridges needing to be rebuilt or restructured. In fact, the amount of deficient bridges is almost 55,000 in the United States alone, according to the Federal Highway Administration. As urban cities continue to grow, parking garages another application that uses fiberglass rebar are needed to be built for residents and shopping centers. The Globe and Mail speaks on the future of parking lots.

There are options when it comes to rebar to use in applications. Steel, epoxy coated, and fiberglass is among the main contenders. TUF-BAR™ fiberglass rebar products are ideal for a variety of concrete applications, especially because of the no susceptibility to corrosion and harsh environmental conditions. It also has double the amount of tensile strength and is a quarter of the eight of steel.

When it comes to distributing fiberglass there is a reduction in costs by cutting down on the use of labor, decreased installation charges, reduced need for maintenance, and the product itself has a longer lifespan than many medals.

A licensing opportunity exists to produce fiberglass rebar through the TUF-BAR™ licensing program. This is a Turn-key operation that includes state-of-the-art equipment, ISO ready procedures, training, and patented technology to produce fiberglass rebar. An extensive amount of design codes apply to GFRP rebar as it differs from steel rebar. Licensing a fiberglass rebar business for distribution covers all design codes from the United States to Canada and International guidelines.

TUF-BAR™ uses a lean manufacturing process with a highly automated system to create optimal efficiency. To learn more about this opportunity, licensing and our fiberglass rebar producing machines contact us today.

The TUF-BAR™ Solution | New Video | Fiberglass Rebar

Introducing The TUF-BAR™ Solution for fiberglass rebar

Why Use TUF-BAR™

Fiberglass rebar is the ultimate corrosion resistance solution with zero rust and zero maintenance. Therefore less concrete cover is then needed for all concrete applications.

TUF-BAR™ Fiberglass rebar has 2x tensile strength and is 1/4 the weight of steel. It is also non-conductive and non-magnetic making is the perfect rebar for steel free applications.

How is TUF-BAR™ Manufacted?

Using only the highest quality corrosion resistant vinyl ester resin and fiberglass materials, TUF-BAR™ has developed propriety applications for unique market applications. This process is tested approved and ready for your country. We combine efficiency with our simple and proven process. Our Fiberglass rebar is also capable of being bent into various shapes and sizes for all of your needs.

TUF-BAR™ Sustainability

Over 20 years of worldwide applications

200 Bridges throughout North America

Hundreds in diverse applications

Huge savings

Zero maintenance

Zero corrosion

How Much Will You Save?

Over a period of time, the cost of steel applications can sum up to hundreds of thousands to even millions of dollars in maintenance. TUF-BAR™ is an eco-friendly solution that eliminates maintenance costs that steel rebar would normally. Rust will still be produced over time even with other solutions such as epoxy-coated steel, stainless steel, and galvanized steel. Fiberglass rebar is a long term investment.

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TUF-BAR Attending World of Concrete in Las Vegas NV

TUF-BAR will be attending the World of Concrete 2020. The event is located in Las Vegas, NV and is the commercial construction industry’s first, largest, and most important annual international event for concrete and masonry professionals across the globe. TUF-BAR looks forward to collaborating and meeting with other industry professionals and vendors.

TUF-BAR, which is a company that manufactures fiberglass rebar and machines to produce fiberglass rebar will have a booth at the show. For more information on fiberglass rebar and licensing opportunities visit us at the North Hall booth # N3106 or contact us anytime.

World of Concrete Attendees

More than 60,000 industry professionals from all around the world, representing all segments of the construction industry: Commercial Contractors, Concrete Contractors, Concrete Pumpers, Construction Managers, Dealers/Distributors, Decorative Concrete Contractors, Designers and Specifiers, General Contractors, Block/Segmental Unit Producers Masonry Contractors, Architects, Engineers, Block Producers, Ready Mix Producers, Rental Equipment Centers, Repair Contractors, Residential Contractors, Specialty Concrete Contractors, Precast, Pipe and Block Producers, Precast/Prestressed Producers, and more. There will be over 1500 vendors at the show.

Show Details

The World of concrete is located at the Las Vegas Convention Centre

3150 Paradise Road

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone: 702-892-0711

Toll-Free: 877-847-4858

Show Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday, February 4-6 – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, February 7 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

TUF-BAR will be located in the North Hall at booth #N3106