Structural Strengthening In California
Structural strengthening involves upgrading the structural system of an existing building using carbon fiber reinforcements. Carbon fiber not only helps improve performance under existing loads, it also increases the strength of structural components so they can carry heavier loads.
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Carbon Fiber Structural Reinforcement
Carbon Fiber and Kevlar are used to repair and reinforce concrete and steel structures that have failed or that need improvement because of increased loads. Carbon fiber is applied externally on concrete or steel structures by cleaning the concrete or steel and applying a high strength epoxy resin. The carbon fiber is low profile and once the epoxy has cured, it can be painted to match the existing concrete or other color of the structure.
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Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) has a wide variety of uses including:
- Column wrapping
- Concrete reinforcement
- Crack repair and moisture control
- Seismic retrofitting
- Tensile strength improvements
Benefits Of Carbon Fiber Repair
Major benefits of using CFRP to repair and strengthen structures include: