GFRP: An Emerging Material For Civil Infrastructure

GFRP: An Emerging Material For Civil Infrastructure

Glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) and other variants of composite materials are reshaping the dynamics of the construction industry worldwide. GFRP materials like fiberglass rebar are gaining increasing attention due to their superior corrosion resistance, excellent weight ratio and higher durability. This is why advanced composites are said to be the material of the future.

The application of fiberglass rebar for concrete reinforcement has been a hot topic in the civil engineering community for over two decades. Truly unique and flexible features of GFRP are opening new possibilities for the international construction industry to resolve longstanding structural issues such as corrosion and the need for heavy maintenance.

The use of metals in construction and other industries comes with corrosion and deterioration. Concrete structures reinforced with steel or other traditional materials eventually succumb to corrosion and make it financially difficult for structure owners to repair and maintain damaged concrete elements. Billions of dollars are spent each year just to maintain structurally deficient concrete infrastructure in North America. High maintenance costs justifies the need for innovative materials like GFRP which require minimal maintenance and can last longer in tough environments.

Studies have suggested that over 25% of construction failures happened due to corrosion of metal reinforcement. Non-corrosive and high-strength properties of GFRP adequately resolves problems associated with corrosion of steel reinforcement and lack of design flexibility. Lightweight GFRP rebar makes the transportation and application process more efficient and affordable as fiberglass materials can be installed without heavy machinery.

TUF-BAR fiberglass rebar is ¼ the weight of steel and provides 2x tensile strength. Taken into account these properties, GFRP concrete reinforcement has emerged as an excellent alternative to steel. While GFRP products have an extensive range of applications in construction, it’s ideal to use them in corrosive environments such as highways and wastewater facilities.

Remarkable benefits of GFRP materials lead to improved safety and performance of critical concrete structures: rail LRT, marine structures, bridges, roads, buildings, etc. Increased government spending on highways and bridges and the need for sustainability and safety encourages the construction industry to use GFRP as a leading material to reinforce concrete elements.

To build sustainable infrastructure, structural engineers have to surpass the limitations of traditional materials. If you’re looking to use a cost-effective and durable concrete reinforcement solution for your next project, feel free to explore and select GFRP fiberglass reinforcement.

While the advanced composite industry has successfully proven its worth, one of the challenges is to make these materials more cost-effective. The applications of advanced composites have witnessed steady growth over the last few years. Equipped with the most demanding properties, GFRP construction products can be used to build maintenance-free and durable structures. Browse through our website to learn more about GFRP products, their properties, and applications. Contact us for more information!