Composite rebar: A better alternative to steel for parking garages

06/4/2013 | CompositesWorld.com

The repair of parking garages using composite rebar instead of steel in the reinforced concrete slabs is a better design option, according to this article. Among the benefits of the composite rebar is a prolonged life for the building, says Brahim Benmokrane, research chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. "Reinforcing concrete with FRP bars would extend the life of a structure to 100 years or more, compared to steel-reinforced concrete, which needs major restoration after 25 years," Benmokrane said.

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