Strengthening Structures with Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers, or CFRP, are exactly what the name implies - carbon fibers that are reinforced and held together with a polymer matrix. This material is an excellent option for structural strengthening due to a number of characteristics.
What is it?
Carbon fiber strengthening of structures is done by applying the materials to the surface of various structures, such as buildings or even bridges. The fiber reinforced polymer, FRP, works to reinforce the strength of the entire system, increasing the structural performance in a durable and long-lasting manner. FRPs are a great option for increasing load bearing capacities in a variety of concrete structures such as slabs, beams and columns, as well as rehabilitating and repairing deteriorated concrete structures. FRPs can also improve the seismic performance of a variety of concrete and masonry structures.
What are the benefits?
Using carbon fibers provides an excellent strength to weight ratio, as the carbon fibers are very strong, with high tensile strength, yet lightweight. This is ideal for increasing strength without adding a ton of extra dead weight. The Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers are also very durable, withstanding sustained use and most environmental conditions.
Carbon fiber strengthening is also ideal is it does not drastically change the aesthetics of the structure, and in many cases the application of it can be concealed. This is a huge advantage over many other structural strengthening options.
If you need a structure strengthened, make sure you consider using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers. Talk to Vector Construction to determine what is best for your application.