On Dec. 20, 2017, Titan Environmental released their 2017 Year in Review, including an article on testing of their new TE-SCR100 ConForce Grid for concrete reinforcement, which was released in 2017.
Titan said, in pursuit of progressive research, they collaborated with the University of California, Irvine, to conduct testing of their state-of-the-art TE-SCR100 ConForce Grid for concrete reinforcement geogrid. This testing involved using TE-SCR100 with 25.4 inch X 25.4 inch for structural reinforcement in an 8-inch diameter concrete pile and comparing it to conventional steel rebar in another concrete pile of the same size. The testing showed positive results for Titan ConForce Grid. In fact, in Salt-Spray (Fog) Aging tests, the geogrid did not exhibit any visual degradation in an ASTM test after 600 hours of exposure. On the other hand, clear evidence of corrosion was observed on both steel and galvanized steel rods, Titan said.
Titan said, it is well known that steel corrodes with time and poses a risk to reinforcement integrity. The primary goal of ConForce Grid is to replace conventional steel as reinforcement for concrete in both aggressive and nonaggressive environments. With higher tensile, flexural and shear strength, it offers both better reinforcement and control of surface shrinkage cracking.
Sam Bhat, Titan’s vice president of global business development and CTO geosynthetics, said, “This innovative polymeric ConForce grid is poised to take the concrete industry to [the] next level, by increasing the sustainability, durability and offering an environmentally friendly and a cost-effective solution as an alternate to the conventional steel reinforcement.”
This summer, the City of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, successfully installed TE-SCR150 ConForce Grid in ground-supported concrete slabs used in a concrete pathway, Titan said, with the objective of decreasing costs associated with the concrete itself in addition to yearly rehabilitation work required to repair major cracking that occur in the concrete slabs shortly after installation. By using TE-SCR150 ConForce Grid, the City of Calgary was able to reduce the thickness of the concrete slabs from 130 mm to 100 mm, providing savings.
Titan Environmental’s Year in Review can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/2CMVVXY.