Investigation on Concrete Beams Reinforced with Basalt Rebars as an Effective Alternative of Conventional R/C Structures

Basalt bars for concrete reinforcement called Basalt Fiber Reinforced Plastic (BFRP) is a new material, so it is necessary to identify the differences and limitations of their use in the concrete structures in relation to traditional steel reinforcement of concrete structures.

The main activity of Global Basalt Engineering LLC is creation of effective productions on release of continuous basalt fiber (СBF) with technologies of the last generation and composites on the basis of СBF (Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites as BFRP).

The paper presents some chosen results of pilot research on the series of simply supported beams under flexure, reinforced with BFRP bars, compared to the reference beams with steel reinforcement. The tested beams were made of C30/37 concrete and reinforced with basalt bars with 8 mm diameter having and tensile strength evaluated from the tensile tests. The analysis of the beam deflection and cracking behavior has been presented.

The results show the different character of the load-deflection relationship of basalt reinforced beams compared to traditionally steel reinforced beams, as well as the significant influence of the type and quality of anchoring on the process of basalt bars tensile process.

Marek Urbanski, Andrzej Garbacz, Institute of Building Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Andrzej Lapko, Chair of Building Structures, Faculty of Civil & Environment Engineering, Bialystok University of Technology, Poland


Industries: Construction

Terms: Composite materials

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