Guy Keulemans, the Associate lecturer from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, addressed the problem existing for as long as a few hundred years – corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete structures.
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This problem can be easily solved if steel rebar in concrete structures is replaced with fiber rebar (FRP rebars). The market of fiber reinforcement is constantly growing. This market is projected to reach USD 91.00 Million by 2021. Among various reinforcing fibers, basalt holds a worthy place.
“Basalt fiber composite rod (rebar) could potentially replace steel bar in reinforced concrete, providing higher strength and durability in areas where corrosion is a problem,” emphasizes Vladimir B. Brik from Research & Technology in his research paper.