There are still the traditional methods of concrete reinforcement using steel reinforcing bars and weld mesh – however there are other options which are to actively seek technology that will help solve the inherent flaws in concrete and traditional reinforcement.
Ultra-Fiber is one of those innovative products, and it’s popularity is quickly gaining traction worldwide. It is made using a 100% virgin polypropylene fibre of 0.85mm diameter, with a continuous deformed profile. Its “X” shape anchorage is specifically designed for shotcrete, normal pouring methods, mining, tunnelling and various other applications as opposed to the conventional rebar or welded mesh.
Concrete is widely recognized as a cheap and versatile construction material, yet it is also beset with several drawbacks that are inherent to its composition. By generally accepted engineering standards, concrete is relatively brittle and lacks flexural strength.
Concrete also has the propensity to crack in both its plastic (early-age) and hardened (long-term) state. In either case, these cracks can jeopardize the overall integrity of the concrete and not allow it to maintain its maximum performance capability.
Ultra Fiber reinforcement stands out from other reinforcing products through its ability to make concrete more pliable, and therefore it offers ultimate flexibility in the design and construction process. Working with fiber reinforcement not only means less steel, but it also eliminates and reduces the labour-intensive process of steel fixing. Ultra Fibers are added directly to the concrete matrix and evenly distributed throughout. The result is an advanced, multi-dimensional reinforcement system that can be placed quickly, accurately and safely.