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 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

Fiberglass Rebar Environmentally Friendly Factors

Not only does fiberglass rebar provide long-lasting solutions it is an environmentally friendly product for building sustainable concrete structures. The Environmental Protection Agency defines sustainable manufacturing as “the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impact while conserving energy and natural resources.”

TUF-BAR Fiberglass Rebar is an environment-friendly product that aids in the achievement of several LEED® credits in both Canada and the United States. It is the most effective solution for building sustainable concrete structures. As global changes cause more severe weather, having a sustainable concrete solution that is corrosion resistant and requires less rehabilitation of the structure is imperative.

TUF-BAR is proud to be part of the Canada Green Building Network

The Canadian Green Building Network is a national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada. The CaGBC advocates for green building policies with all levels of government and the private sector across Canada. TUF-BAR adheres to these policies in both their manufacturing and their building processes of fiberglass rebar and all composite products.

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Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) reinforcement bar is the solution to corrosion of reinforced concrete structure. Fiberglass Rebar is an excellent replacement for conventional types of steel rebar. Almost all types of steel rebar will eventually corrode and therefore require a type of coating such as zinc. Fiberglass rebar eliminates the possibility of corrosion in the structure and resists a broad range of pollutants experienced in urban environments.

TUF-BAR is seen as both a sustainable and environmental leader in the fiberglass industry in North America. There are many case studies that show the successful applications of our GFRP products. You can purchase fiberglass rebar in a variety of shapes and grades: bent bars, straight bars, columns, piling cages, spiral, rectangular, etc. Custom bars can be manufactured to meet your unique requirements. Contact us today for more information.

Fiberglass Rebar Market for 2020

Recently a report was released when it comes to the fiberglass rebar market or commonly known as the FRP market. As we look into 2020 the fiberglass rebar market is set to make large increases in Global Markets. Currently, the applications that use Fiberglass Rebar are Construction, Electrical Isolation, Industrial, Marine, and others. FRP use takes place in many infrastructure projects, especially with the replacement of epoxy coated and steel, combined with the long-lasting value of FRP over other product types. These benefits include lightweight, corrosion resistance, lower maintenance, and easy installation.

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As seen above the fiberglass rebar market in USD Million from 2014 continued into 2020. The market will continue to jump ahead into 2020. Especially with high demands in not only the United States but the Asia Pacific Markets ad Urbanization continues to increase in these markets.

The new Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Rebar Market Report for 2019-2026 has been released and is currently available. It states that the Fiberglass Rebar or Carbon Reinforced Polymer rebar market is set to increase over the next 5 years. You can get the full report here.

This report provides analysis for the market ahead and the changing competitive dynamics. What will drive the industry to grow and constraining factors as well over the next six years. It helps in understanding the key product segments and their future. It also gives a look into which regions have higher advantages than others, as well as the rate of success in each region. This report helps to make informed business decisions by having complete insights of market and by making in-depth analysis of market segments

Space Market Now talks about the report and mentions BP Composites, TUF-BAR’s former name as a key player.

Causes Of Corrosion In Steel And How To Avoid Them

Causes Of Corrosion In Steel And How To Avoid Them

Steel is a very strong and durable construction material. However, its solid properties and strength cannot save it from corrosion. The fact that steel corrodes with time, means there is a considerable breach in its strength and durability. If steel corrodes over time, the building or the structure it was used in gets potentially put at risk and loses its overall structure strength with time. It is, therefore, necessary to make sure that steel structures are checked for signs of corrosion and should be taken care of accordingly.

What is steel corrosion?

Civil engineers often define corrosion as the chemical or electrochemical reaction between a material, usually metal and its environment, which causes deterioration of the material and its properties over time.

For steel embedded in concrete, corrosion results in the formation of oxide that has 2 to 4 times the volume of the original steel and the loss of its optimal mechanical properties. Corrosion also produces peeling and voids in the surface of the reinforcing steel, reducing the resistant capacity as a result of the reduction of the cross-section.

Why is the corrosion of steel a concern?

Reinforced concrete uses steel to provide tensile strength properties that are necessary for structural concrete. This avoids the failure of concrete structures that are subject to pressure and bending stress due to traffic, winds, dead loads and thermal cycles.

However, when the reinforcement corrodes, rust formation leads to loss of adhesion between steel and concrete and subsequent delamination and exfoliation. If this has been left unchecked, the integrity of the structure may be affected. The reduction of the cross-sectional area of ​​the steel reduces its resistant capacity. This is especially harmful in the performance of high elastic limit cables in prestressed concrete.

Why does steel corrode in concrete?

Steel, when combined with concrete, is usually in a passive condition, not corroded. However, steel-reinforced concrete is frequently used in harsh environments where seawater or deicing salts are present. When the chlorides make their way inside the concrete, they cause the passive layer of protection of steel to rupture, causing it to rust and be flattened.

The carbonation of concrete is another cause of corrosion of steel. Under these conditions, the steel does not remain passive and rapid corrosion begins. The rate of corrosion due to the coating of carbonated concrete is slower than the corrosion induced by chlorides.

Occasionally, the lack of oxygen surrounding the steel bar will cause the metal to dissolve, leading to a low pH liquid property.

How to prevent corrosion?

Civil engineers around the world have created strict quality assurance standards to make sure the materials being used are of good quality. The mixture of materials is another way to keep them strong and retain their strength for a maximum period of time. It is part of the municipality department’s responsibility to make sure building are made within the set standards to keep the buildings safe for the citizens.

It is necessary to protect the concrete from damage by freezing and thawing cycles. Air also reduces exudation and is increased permeability due to exudation water channels. Peeling the concrete surface can accelerate the corrosion damage of embedded reinforcement bars.

A great solution to completely remove the chance of corrosion in building structures is the use of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP), otherwise known as fiberglass rebar. This is an alternate material used for steel in the construction industry. The qualities of GFRP range from being corrosion free, being lightweight, having a long product life and being stronger than steel itself. Tuf-Bar manufacturers GFRP Fiberglass rebar in Canada. If you’re interested in learning more about fiberglass rebar, please visit our website or contact us.

Strengthening Highway Infrastructure With Innovative Construction Materials

Strengthening Highway Infrastructure

The highway infrastructure in Canada and the United States has been deteriorating at a rapid pace for many years. The ongoing deterioration is a result of heavy loads, harsh environmental conditions, poor maintenance practices, and the corrosion of steel reinforcement.

Traditional concrete reinforcement which includes bare and epoxy coating steel rebar corrode in the face of tough conditions. Increasing traffic volume, low construction budgets, and the inability of traditional materials to meet public demands are also factors that contribute to deterioration of highway infrastructure.

Public need for safety, durability and rapid construction

Traditional materials have failed to meet the growing public demands for durable, safe and low-maintenance bridges and roads. Lightweight, long-lasting structural components, and well constructed facilities are essential to achieve economic development.

How GFRP composite materials can help build and strengthen highway infrastructure

Advanced composite materials such as GFRP rebar has been developed to address the shortcomings of traditional materials. Corrosion, lengthy construction process, and heavy maintenance are the major drawbacks of steel and other outdated construction materials. GFRP concrete reinforcement, on the other hand, is designed to help the construction industry build corrosion-free, long-lasting, and low maintenance concrete infrastructure.

GFRP composites offer high strength-to-weight ratio, excellent fatigue resistance, and additional protection against highway weather environments. While these innovative construction solutions can reduce the overall life-cycle costs, it’s now possible to accelerate the repair and construction processes with composites. As a builder, you can use GFRP construction materials to build cost-efficient structures with a lifespan of over 100 years.

Advanced composites can be tailored with the desired structural properties and geometry. Careful selection of resins, fibers, and additives can help you achieve properties that suit your unique construction requirements. Moreover, GFRP fiberglass rebar can be used for a number of highway applications.

Importance of sustainability

Needless to mention that sustainability is critical to human development, growth of a society, and well-being of our planet. Concrete is perhaps the most widely used construction material in North America and across the world. Developing and implementing materials like GFRP can help us build a better future for upcoming generations.

For future highway construction, it’s necessary to adopt sustainable and eco-friendly materials to ensure that the environmental impact of concrete is minimal. Concrete should be produced with little waste and must be made from some of the most plentiful resources on earth. On top of that, they should be reinforced with environment-friendly materials like GFRP fiberglass rebar.

About us

TUF-BAR is one of the most trusted manufacturers and sellers of GFRP rebar and other composite products in North America. Our objective is to produce environment-friendly construction products that can achieve a service life of over 100 years with minimal maintenance. Check out our innovative GFRP products designed for highway applications or contact us for more details!