Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) are getting a new megatrend in reinforced concrete manufacture and application, announced Dr. Sanjay Mazumbe, chief executive officer of Lucintel, a global market research and management consulting firm, while speaking at the North American Pultrusion Conference.
North America has implemented several major projects utilizing Fiber Reinforced Polymers over the last years. The most common reinforcing materials are glass fiber and basalt fiber. Basalt America (former Rockstar Acquisitions) is one of the well-known US-located manufacturers of basalt fiber reinforced polymer products. Basalt America’s new developments include:
- The City of Miami’s Omni Park. Portions of the park’s construction incorporate basalt mesh and textile.
- The Halls River Bridge that is a vehicular bridge built incorporating basalt rebar, etc.
The company also supports the building codes that regulate the use of basalt fiber reinforced polymers (BFRP) as a concrete reinforcement. According to the experts, adoption of building codes will reduce the costs for maintenance and restoration of basalt fiber reinforced concrete structures.
The US promotes the use of standardization in the composite industry. American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) prepared and published Guidelines and Recommended Practices for Fiber-Reinforced-Polymer (FRP) Architectural Products.