GatorBar FRP Rebar

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials have emerged as an alternative material for producing reinforcing bars for concrete structures. FRP reinforcing bars offer advantages over steel reinforcement in that FRP bars are noncorrosive and light-weight.  Other countries, such as Japan and Canada, have established design and construction guidelines specifically for the use of FRP bars as concrete reinforcement.

 

Conventional concrete structures are reinforced with nonprestressed and prestressed steel. The steel is initially protected against corrosion by the alkalinity of the concrete, usually resulting in durable and serviceable construction. For many structures subjected to aggressive environments, such as marine structures, bridges, and parking garages exposed to deicing salts, combinations of moisture, temperature, and chlorides reduce the alkalinity of the concrete and result in the corrosion of reinforcing steel; ultimately causing concrete deterioration and loss of serviceability.

To address corrosion problems, professionals have started using alternatives to steel bars, such as epoxy-coated steel or stainless steel bars. Recently, composite materials made of fibers embedded in a polymeric resin, also known as FRPs, have become an alternative to steel reinforcement for concrete structures.

Advances in high speed manufacturing allows FRP rebar to be made at costs competitive with black steel and very competitive with epoxy-coated and stainless steel rebar. There has never been a better time to start considering this alternative material for your next project. Reach out to learn more and discuss your specific project requirements.

440.1R-15 Guide for the Design and Construction of Structural Concrete Reinforced with Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Bars


    Key Advantages

    •Corrosion Resistant / Rust-Free

    •Superior Crack Control

    •Superior Strength

    •7x Lighter than Steel Rebar

    •Environmentally Friendly

    •Extends Product Life by 2x

    •Higher Tensile Strength than Steel