Simpson Strong-Tie has introduced the 44-ounce CSS-CUCF44F easy-to-saturate carbon FRP fabric to its family of Composite Strengthening Systems for the structural reinforcement and strengthening of concrete, masonry and timber structures. Upgraded with new, flat-weave fiber technology, the fabric now saturates as easily and quickly as lighter fabrics, significantly reducing installation time.
Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) systems, created by combining carbon fabrics with a polymer material, are commonly used in concrete repair and restoration projects as a lightweight, high-strength reinforcement. The strength and performance of FRP systems have made them increasingly popular in construction and retrofit applications involving aging, damaged or overloaded concrete structures.
Simpson Strong-Tie has the only 44-ounce carbon fabric available, which is the heaviest code-listed option and provides contractors with a solution that requires fewer fabric layers for reduced labor costs, consistent quality control and more successful inspection rates.
After testing several designs, Simpson Strong-Tie opted for a flat-weave technology that incorporates a fiberglass cord in the FRP fabric to allow saturant to flow around fabric bundles, improving the overall absorption of the saturant.
Easier to saturate and install, the 44-ounce FRP carbon fabric is suitable for retrofit, wastewater, and bridge and marine applications, and joins a complete line of composite strengthening systems from Simpson Strong-Tie—including North America’s only code-listed precured laminate, FRP anchors, protective coatings, underwater saturant, and a full arsenal of tools to address a variety of situations and budgets.