Slabtec CFRP Rods

Carbon fibre reinforcement for bridges

Another project from the Slabtec WA team. Slabtec installed BC rods to the top of a Bridge to add load capacity for a new road upgrade project.

BC rods are pultruded carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminates with a circular cross-section, designed for strengthening concrete and increasing the load capacity of floor slabs, beams and bridge sections.

BC rods were utilised because they are:

  • Non-corroding with very high strength
  • Invisible once installed.
  • No joints required
  • Lightweight and can accept traffic on the strengthened surface
  • Require minimal surface preparation or levelling of uneven substrates required

The works completed by Slabtec were challenging due to time, location and working in and around the existing reinforcement.