The first experience of fiberglass use dates back to 1956 in the United States. Massachusetts Institute of technology had been developing a house project of made of polymer materials using fiberglass for several years. It was intended for one of the attractions in the “Disneyland” park in California. It was in use for 10 years until they decided to replace it with the other attraction and determined it to be demolished.
When the metal ball-hammer designed for demolition touched the structure, it just bounced off like a rubber ball. The building had to be demolished manually.
In the following decades, it was decided to use polymer composite materials for concrete structures reinforcement. In different countries (the USSR, Japan, Canada and the USA) they conducted developments and testings of innovative product.
Some examples of polymer composite rebar use of foreign experience:
Let us consider the world experience of fiberglass rebar use in construction using examples.
Niederrhein Gold (Moers, Germany, 2007 – 2009).
Non-metallic reinforcement to prevent cracking. Reinforced area — 1150 m2.
The foundation for a steel furnace with of 3.5 meters in diameter.
Center for quantum nanotechnology (Waterloo, Canada), 2008.
Composite fiberglass rebar is used for non-stop operation of devices during the research work.
Max Planck Institute for the study of solids (Stuttgart, Germany), 2010-2011.
Fiberglass rebar is used in the construction of high precision laboratory.
Station (Vienna, Austria), 2009.
In order to avoid the penetration of induction currents from the adjacent subway tunnel, reinforcement of bore piles and walls of the lower floors is steel-free.
Indoor parking at the Forum Steglitz shopping centre (Berlin, Germany), 2006.
The mesh of GFRP rebar of Ø8 mm is used. Reinforcement objectives — corrosion resistance and prevention of cracking. Reinforced area — 6400 m2.
Irvine Creek Bridge (Ontario, Canada), 2007.
Rebar of Ø16 mm is used to prevent cracking.
3rd Concession Bridge (Ontario, Canada), 2008.
Fiberglass rebar is used in the reinforcement of approach slabs and bridge paving connections.
Guard railing on Walker Road (Canada), 2008.
Crash cushion on Essex County Road 43 bridge (Windsor, Ontario), 2009.
University square (Magdeburg, Germany), 2005.
Transfer railway (the Hague, Netherlands), 2006.
Station square (Bern, Switzerland), 2007.
Tram line 26 (Vienna, Austria), 2009.
Base plate of railway bed (Basel, Switzerland), 2009.
Quay (Blackpool, Great Britain), 2007-2008.
Joint use with metal rebar
Royal Villa (Qatar), 2009.
“North” tunnel section (Brenner mountain pass in the Alps), 2006.
DESY Los 3 (Hamburg, Germany), 2009.
Emscherkanal (Bottrop, Germany), 2010.
As you can see, fiberglass rebar is widely used in Europe, Canada and the United States.
You can get familiar with experience of our fiberglass rebar use in the section “Objects” where we show the way our production is used in construction.