FRP Rebar, the Skinny…
So what is fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar? Simply it’s a composite material comprised of (i) a fiber (carbon, glass, aramid, basalt) that provides strength and stiffness and (ii) a matrix (polyester, epoxy, vinyl ester) that protects and transfers load between the fibers.
Sounds neat but why would anyone use this stuff instead of good old steel? First, it’s not so new. In fact, FRP rebar is over 30 years old! Its been around long enough for construction codes in the US and Canada to cover them.
Also, FRP rebar has a number of significant advantages over its steel cousin including:
- Impervious to chloride ion and chemical impairment
- Tensile strength greater than steel
- 1/7th weight of steel reinforcement
- Transparent to magnetic fields and radio frequencies
- Electrically and thermally non-conductive
But why BFRP Rebar?
Many different fibers are used to make FRP rebar: carbon (CFRP), glass fiber (GFRP), and basalt (BFRP). Each of these has somewhat different performance characteristics and cost. What’s critical is that Neuvokas BFRP rebar performs better than steel rebar at approximately the same cost and we’re a whole lot less expensive than other FRP products on the market. A more detailed comparison can be found below or by giving us a call.
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We have chosen to focus on BFRP because our market research and testing shows that BFRP offers our customers the best combination of performance and cost. Our patent pending manufacturing process has dropped the cost of FRP rebar to parity with steel without sacrificing quality.