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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