Basalt America, a subsidiary of Paymeon Inc., is asking to enforce the building codes that regulate the use of basalt fiber reinforced polymers (BFRP) as the reinforcement of concrete. The U.S. is budgeting $179.5 billion in highway and bridge repair in just 2017.
Basalt America’s largest shareholder, Vincent L. Celentano, commented that instead of a large budget they need “do it once, do it right.”
Basalt fiber reinforced polymers (BFRP) to be used for the reinforcement of concrete must greatly reduce the costs. Basalt America (former Rockstar Acquisitions) believes that implementation of the building codes can mean vastly reduced need to redo infrastructure and zero, or close to zero, maintenance costs over time. Aside from the long term cost savings, basalt reinforcement is environmentally sustainable in contrast to that made of steel, it is stronger but more lightweight and similar in price as coated steel.
Basalt fiber reinforced concrete structures, bridges, for instance, are getting an increasingly common practice in civil engineering. Thus, the bridge across the Detroit River (Canada) was rehabilitated using basalt-based fiber mesh. A fiber-reinforced composite was used to renovate the surface of a suspension bridge across the Mississippi River in the USA.