The Project BasFlair of the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University focused on basalt fiber reinforced concrete is recognized by Klima Expo. NRW. The BasFlair project is established with the aim to protect climate through energy saving and reducing CO₂ emissions.
The BasFlair researchers have decided to
Textile concrete is also more corrosion-resistant and more malleable than conventional concrete. Replacement of carbon fibers with basalt fibers can significantly enhance the application fields of the innovative composite material that is textile concrete, says Andreas Koch, Head of the Department of Textile Construction at ITA. “The main arguments are the low price and sustainability which result from the use of a renewable material”.
Construction industry has practiced various methods of basalt fiber reinforcement. For instance, the USA offers to use basalt rebar to enhance strength of foundations for offshore wind parks. During the International Bridge Conference, the delegates from ACMA held technical workshop and presented the advantages of composite rebar over conventional steel rebar. Taking into account the market trends, the researchers forecast the growth of global FRP rebar market to $ 91.00 million by 2021.