Topic: Composites Industry

WELCOME LARRY! FEATURED PROJECTS & UPCOMING EVENTS YOU CAN'T MISS!
Well kids, August 2016 is gonzo. In its place are thousands of fresh and weathered “Techies” (Michigan Tech University students), roaming around Houghton. Gone are “quick” trips to Walmart since there seems to be more Techies in Walmart than on campus. Oh, the joys of Back to School in a small...
THE HALLS RIVER PROJECT: A WIN FOR FRP COMPOSITES IN THE U.S.
Steel reinforced concrete is known to be the most tried and true method of construction. We have tried it for over 100 years and found that one thing remains true: embedded steel will corrode, causing early failure of the concrete around it. Contrary to what you see in the media, the US isn’t very...
100 YEARS OF PRACTICE DOESN’T MAKE PERFECT: TOP 3 REASONS TO CONSIDER FRP REINFORCEMENT OVER STEEL
FRP rebar has been around for decades, but has been used very seldom in comparison to “good ol’ steel” rebar. Lately, advancements in the composites industry are bringing the price point for such materials down, and there has never been a better time to start considering this alternative material...
FRP VS. STEEL STRESS STRAIN CURVE- THE ELASTIC BEHAVIOR OF FRP REBAR
So how does FRP rebar differ from steel rebar? In the previous video we mentioned that FRP rebar is five times less stiff than steel, or FRP has a modulus of elasticity that is five times less than that of steel. This being said, we have to remember that steel and FRP are different materials,...
Costello Construction

Costello Construction

Kauai, HI

"It [GatorBar] is so easy to work with it feels like we are cheating! We have always used a #4 steel rebar grid in warehouse slabs to add structural integrity, but no matter how hard you try, 6x6x10/10 wire mesh always ends up on the bottom of the slab. There is never enough time to pull it up, and even if you Dobie it up, the steel bends down when you step on it. In the end, it does not add structural strength to the slab. GatorBar springs back, staying centered in the slab."