Fiber-reinforced flooring guide - Part 1

In this series of insights you will find some tips from our technicians to help you reduce the possibility of cracks developing in your flooring.

01 Mar 2023
The term fiber-reinforced concrete refers to concrete that contains homogeneously distributed fibers within it. It is formed from the combination of cement, solid aggregates, fibers and water inside a mixer.

When the fibers are used and it is desired to achieve a solid pavement without surface defects, attention must be paid to different aspects.

In this first part we will consider:

What kind of project will be realized
When making pavements, it is essential to know the type of activity that will take place on them. In particular, it is important to know the static and dynamic loads that the pavement will have to withstand to ensure that adequate reinforcement.

Usually in industrial flooring, electro-welded meshes are used to increase its physical and mechanical properties. The use of mesh allows to increase the load capacity of the pavement by ensuring its strength in case of cracks and also to increase the flexural strength. It can be used either single or double layer, making it sometimes an expensive choice for users.

By using fibers with a high technological content, on the other hand, a homogeneous, three-dimensional reinforcement is realized which provides sufficient physical and mechanical strengths for both loading capacity and control over various cracks and fissures. By combining fiber type, length and dosage per cubic meter, an ideal, three-dimensional reinforcement can be achieved for any project.

The quality of the materials used
The importance of using top-quality concrete by respecting both its class and classification is the basis for avoiding problems that can eventually turn out to be costly. This aspect is even more relevant in the case of using fibers as structural reinforcement as a substitute of steel or as an anti-cracking use.

An important factor when planning the construction of a civil or industrial floor is the cost of execution. There are two schools of thinking: economy and quality, which almost never go hand in hand.

By "economy" we refer to the implementation of the project using the total budget estimate as the only parameter. People try to find ways to economize by eliminating or reducing a layer of the reinforcement, reducing the thickness of the pavement, or by purchasing poor quality concrete. The smaller total price of the work, makes happier the contractor. Of course, no one will even hear about bearing capacity, static and dynamic loading, and testing.

Instead, by the term "quality," we mean the choice of relying on a competent contractor to carry out the work. He will know how to select the best materials, including innovative ones and with the relevant certifications, which can give guarantees of quality performance and durability of the works. In an industrial flooring, which will have to support the business's operations and logistics over the years, a speculative saving in the design and construction phase corresponds to an onerous maintenance cost in the future.

Nowadays, despite objective market difficulties, more and more companies have become aware of this difference and have started to use certified and qualitatively excellent materials in order to achieve stronger and more durable works.

V.F.A. products for concrete reinforcement are specially designed to be compatible with most mixture components ( i.e., admixtures) and offer high resistance to alkalis generated by cement. The quality of the products has been recognized by different laboratory tests conducted at Universities and Stata Laboratories.

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