Corrosion-free Fiberglass Rebar
A superior alternative to Steel Rebar
Tuf-Bar GFRP rebar will extend the life of your concrete structure to be still performing 100% at 100 years. We use the highest quality corrosion resistant vinylester resin and fiberglass materials that are in sync with CSA and ACI codes. Our product is proven and makes us one of the best fiberglass manufacturers in the world.
NOT ALL GFRP REBARS ARE THE SAME
Two international standards for manufacturing GFRPs should be specified as minimal, they are the CSA S 807 and ASTM D7957.
CSA S 807-15 allows for all three grades of GFRP. Grade 3 is > 60GPa and above, with a durability classification D1.
Required under both standards, the manufacture must supply certificates of compliance for every lot supplied to the customer.
It is very important to include and reference all engineering specification documents when calling up for GFRP bars to ensure quality to avoid issues that may eventuate from pour manufactured bars. The industry does not need a failure from non-certified.
It is very important that only certified GFRP rebar is used in any application such as load-bearing structures.
The process, the ingredients, and the surface finishes are all different from an FRP manufacturer to another, however, they all must meet minimal durability and mechanical properties to be compliant, see below.
Three main areas of GFRP Reinforcing that is critical
Mechanical properties, minimal guaranteed tensile and modulus of elasticity, thermal expansion, transverse shear strength, including (KB factor bond strength) achieved by surface treatments methods such as sand coating, spiral deformation, etc.
Durability properties, are very important to ensure the product will keep its mechanical properties by being resistant to moisture ingress leading to corrosion.
Mechanical properties from a manufacturer’s product on mill certificate are one thing, this is data collected at the end of the manufacturing process for the mechanical properties only… NOT DURABILITY.
The main reasons for using GFRP bars are for durability in aggressive environments, long term durability must be considered to maintain the mechanical properties of the bars.
(Durability) cannot be determined by mechanical testing at the plant/mill.
As per CSA S 807 durability of the bar can only be determined by long-term durability testing that MUST be conducted by a recognised third-party facility registered to undertake such testing.
If the bar supplier cannot demonstrate long term durability, the project risks failure as high durable bars are required to maintain mechanical properties
Third-party certificates, manufacturing plans that are ISO certified
Must be supplied to the end-user to be compliant
Many FRP rebars currently on the market cannot meet the requirements of the above-stated certification documents. They often lack corrosion resistance, by having poor durability and bad physical properties. This lack of corrosion resistance often comes from the use of a resin system, lack of curing (producing too fast not allowing enough time for the resin to cure) lack of compatibility between the fibre and the resin system of a combination of these.
Knowing all this one can’t just use any FRP rebar and be assured of the LONG-term structural integrity and for that reason, it is strongly recommended the use of certified FRP in all structures that must maintain structural integrity.
TUF-BAR Fiberglass Rebar is the highest quality GFRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer) Fiberglass Rebar available in the market.
- No Susceptibility to Corrosion
- 2x Tensile Strength
- 1/4 the WEIGHT of Steel
- 45 GPa and 60 GPa Modulus of Elasticity
- Electrical and Thermal Insulator
The corrosion of steel dowel bars ultimately leads to joint failure. In order to permanently eliminate the negative impact of steel corrosion.
- Zero Maintenance
- 1/4 The Weight of Steel
- Thermal Insulation