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How to Strengthen Concrete Structures?

by | Mar 16, 2022 | Blog | 0 comments

Despite its durable nature, concrete it is not unalterable and can be damaged over time. The environment to which it is subjected (rainwater, ice, seawater, pollution, etc.) play a big role on concrete deterioration, and can cause corrosion, structural damage, water infiltration, seismic activity, among other causes of damage. The consequence is the loss of the material’s inherent strength, which can compromise the whole structure. There are several methods you can employ to strengthen concrete (old and new), but to our knowledge the one which works on most scenarios is CarbonFibre Structural Strengthening.


What is Concrete Structural Strengthening?

Concrete strengthening is the perfect solution to increase the lifespan, strength and structural integrity of concrete. It can be performed on both new and old concrete structures. If you are working on newerconcrete projects where there are design loading limitations restricting use, you should consider strengthening the concrete using Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer. This will save you not only money and time, but a big of headache as well.

As for those who didn’t chose to strengthen their concrete structures at the beginning, you still can go for it in order to address strength and structural integrity problems or to avoid those in the near future. There are several ways to strengthen your concrete, the best you can do is to have a specialist assessing your requirements, by investigating and analyzing the structure. A Remedial Builder will advise you on what to do and the best options. Every case is different, but overall, the best solution to strengthen your concrete is by using Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer.

About Carbon Fibre Structural Strengthening

Carbon Fibre is well established as the high strength, lightweight fibre of the 21ST Century.

It is used as an externally bonded reinforcement in the structural strengthening of buildings and other concrete structures, and in auto manufacture, in aircraft manufacture and in many other fields due to its high strength to weight ratio.

The remarkable effectiveness of carbon fiber materials in all the applications described above is due to their high strength and durability in aggressive environments. In addition, they are not sensitive to corrosion processes, are lightweight, and are easy to transport, handle, and install.

Advantages

  • Easy installation,
  • Corrosion resistance,
  • No maintenance is required.
  • Short construction period.
  • Avoids costly full demolition and replacement.
  • Lightweight, no influence on the original structure.
  • Low cost, cost-effective compared to other methods.

It can be used on:

  • floor slabs and beams;
  • bridges;
  • installation of service penetrations;
  • installation of heavier machinery;
  • stabilizing vibrating structures;
  • changes of building use;
  • damage to structural elements;
  • deterioration of original construction materials;
  • steel reinforcement corrosion;

FCS Concrete Repairs are Remedial Builders who have years of knowledge and practical experience and have developed a comprehensive solution for restoring and strengthening concrete structures.

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