Steel fibre is arguably the best material for concrete reinforcement. Because fibres uniformily mix throughout the concrete unlike bars or mesh, they provide superior crack control, shear strength, impact resistance and overall concrete toughness. But how can you know that the reinforcing fibres you are purchasing for your next concrete project are up to par? Read on below for a list of some of the features you should look for as you shop for the best reinforcement fibres on the market.
actors That Make for Great Fibre Reinforcement for Concrete
- Crimped and deformed design: The deformed nature of a steel fibre helps it bond mechanically with the concrete. This bonding helps improve strength and performance of the reinforced concrete. Secondly, crimped fibres are best for distributing their reinforcing strength throughout the concrete on a uniform basis. This uniformity is essential for reaping the benefits that fibre concrete reinforcement is supposed to provide.
- Hook end steel fibre: If your concrete design requires a higher tensile strength hook end fibre we have those as well. We always have stock of 0930 fibre. This is 0.9mm diameter and 30mm long with a hook at each end. These are more expensive, but they also have a minimum tensile strength of 1100mpa. Ask your concrete designer which best suits your project, Crimped or Hook End.
- Non-balling guarantee: When shopping for fibre reinforcement for concrete, look for a company that will guarantee fibres that won’t ‘ball’ during mixing. Balls or bunches of steel in concrete provide no real benefits, but some steel fibres can ball during mixing.
- Compliant with relevant standards: Reinforcing fibres for concrete that are designed and manufactured to meet a certain regulatory standard will offer more consistency in quality than fibres that aren’t. More consistency, in turn, dictates stronger and more uniform performance. Having fibres that are made to meet standards will also help you pass audits for quality assurance.
- Proof of tensile strength: Speaking of audits, you may be required to prove the tensile strength of your concrete to an auditor. A company that provides you with tensile strength compliance certificates for each steel fibre batch will help you pass your quality assurance audit.
sWhy Nobis Products Is the Best Place to Find Steel Fibres in Australia
At Nobis Products, we can satisfy all four of the categories listed above. Our steel fibres for concrete reinforcement are either crimped and deformed or hook end to provide maximum bonding and uniformity. All fibres are designed so that they won’t ball during concrete mixing.
As for national standards, we have roots in the septic tank industry and all our fibres for concrete reinforcement are designed to comply with AS/NZS 1541.1: 2008. All septic tanks, collection wells, and water tanks manufactured in Australia or New Zealand have to comply with this Standard. Our fibres can help them achieve compliance. We also provide tensile strength certificates with each fibre batch, so that you can provide the information to your auditor.
Don’t settle for fibre concrete reinforcement that won’t offer the kind of performance you need. Instead, rely on Nobis Products for better fibre reinforcement for concrete in Australia. Call us on 1300 794 633 to learn more.