Google+

Full Rebar Replacement: ICF Concrete Additives HiperLon™ Fiber

If volatility in the steel market has you revising your bids too often, and if you’re interested in a Military-tested technology that’s poised to change the way concrete is installed forever, you owe it to yourself to stop by the ICF Concrete Additives’ booth and take a look at HiperLon, a fiber added to concrete that provides the flexural strength of rebar-reinforced concrete, without rebar!

Culvert placement, City of Lake Jackson, TX.  HiperLonTM  macro fiber is the only reinforcement.  No rebar or wire mesh.“It was initially developed to make blast-resistant concrete,” said Mike Cook, Director of Sales for ICF Concrete Additives. “It’s really the first and only fiber on the market backed up with the technical data to prove it will replace rebar in precast and slab applications, and it’s now being used for full rebar replacement in one and two-story dwellings as well.”

HiperLon™ fiber was originally developed post-9/11 as a means of containing the fragments that came from explosions near concrete, according to Chief Technology Officer Mike Riley. When tested by the Army Corps of Engineers, the fiber contained the fragments and prevented them becoming flying debris.

“In testing an explosion near concrete using rebar, 40% of the concrete became airborne projectiles,” said Riley. “By putting the fiber in, it went down to 2%.”

The military application was obvious; the first parallel market ICF Concrete Additives brought the fiber to, was the petrochemical industry, where OSHA mandates man-occupied buildings be designed to meet certain blast safety criteria. The HiperLon™ approach, according to Riley, was the lowest-cost solution anyone had ever seen, and with all of the testing data verified by the petrochemical industry stalwart Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, several companies on the Texas Gulf Coast (and municipalities) now use it exclusively to replace rebar.

HiperLon™ rebar replacement fiber makes perfect sense for places like the Gulf, or any place where corrosion is a concern, including underground tunnels and pipes. “If you can eliminate all or most of the steel in a concrete structure, you eliminate the biggest cause of corrosion and failure in the concrete,” said Riley.

The 3-inch long HiperLon™ fiber mixes beautifully, according to Riley, despite what many in the industry might have thought. “It can even be shot-creted,” he said, “to be used in in-ground swimming pools, replacing all the wire mesh and rebar that would be used in that application.”

Industrial driveway,  Lake Charles, LA.  HiperLonTM macro fiber used as steel replacement for industrial equipment loading.ICF Concrete Additives has also done extensive impact testing, for applications that might include heavy equipment on slabs. A typical wire mesh concrete failed with a 100-pound weight dropped from about 24 inches, according to Riley; before they could produce a single crack in the HiperLon™ treated concrete they had to take a 350-pound weight dropped from 12 feet. That is more than 80,000 psi.

“We’ll have videos of all these tests at our booth,” said Riley, “as well as some of Special Forces guys placing explosives, unsuccessfully trying to make the concrete fail.”

For more information about ICF Concrete Additives and HiperLon™ fiber, visit Booth # N1813 at World of Concrete or visit www.icfconcreteadditives.com.

Entertainment

Top Ten DVD List for June 27, 2017

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams Top Ten DVD List for June 27, 2017               The Lodger [Alfred Hitchcock Silent Film] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XP1WFQF/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Trespass [25th Anniversary Collector's Edition] https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XHR8T93//ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Money [Heist Gone Bad Crime … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Gil’s Goodwill!

  Gil Robertson The “Book of Black Heroes” Interview with Kam Williams Gil's Goodwill! For nearly three decades, writer/author Gil L. Robertson, IV has used the written word to enlighten, empower and uplift. The one-time political organizer initially made his mark in entertainment journalism, penning over 50 national magazine covers and contributing bylines to a wide range of publications that include the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

  How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate by Amy Lignor   You want to buy that new house because the twins are on their way. Little Betty and Little John are already there, but who knew you would have even more so soon? What’s that? Oh…well, of course, in order to buy that new home with four bedrooms instead of two, you will also need to sell your present homestead in order to get the money needed to start paying on a new one. And, of … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Ejogo’s Largo!

    Carmen Ejogo The “It Comes at Night” Interview with Kam Williams Ejogo's Largo! Carmen Ejogo has established a distinguished career in both feature films and television. She is best known thus far for her leading role of civil rights activist ‘Coretta Scott King’ opposite David Oyelowo in Ava DuVernay's universally acclaimed SELMA as well as being singled out for her ‘mind-blowing’ lead role as Sister in SPARKLE alongside … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Fishing for swordfish in Louisiana? You bet

  Fishing for swordfish in Louisiana? You bet by Craig Lamb The Mississippi River delta and surrounding offshore waters are without a doubt some of the richest fishing waters in the world. Venice, Louisiana, is the hub for reaching the richest saltwater game fish waters in the U.S. Yellowfin tuna. Snapper. Grouper. Wahoo. Dolphin. Marlin. And lately, there are swordfish. If you want to experience the latest hot trend in Louisiana … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic

  You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic by Amy Lignor   No, the sport is not called ‘Zorba’, but it most definitely fits for this article’s title. This most unusual sport is actually called ‘Zorbing’, and has caught on like wildfire across the globe. And now, seeing as that the NBA has wrapped, with Golden State proving that they were determined to make amends for last season; and with the NHL closing up shop for the season … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Add Value with Summer Home Renovation Projects

  Add Value with Summer Home Renovation Projects by Amy Lignor   There are a whole list of summer activities for you and the kids planned. Most of them, of course, you want to be nothing but fun, such as grilling outside on the patio or swimming in the pool. However, having the backyard pool and patio are two things you really need in place before either of those activities could be enjoyed. And building this area could be a great … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Finding Relaxation in the Most Remote Locations of All

    Finding Relaxation in the Most Remote Locations of All by Amy Lignor   It is a fact that the largest travel locations are also beyond popular. Among the downsides of this fact is that when you’re looking for peace, quiet, and basically a chance to do nothing more than spend time with yourself and, perhaps, one other best friend, the most popular places don’t offer that. In other words, it is the most remote (sometimes most … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]