CONCRETE STRENGTHENING WITH BASALT FIBERS
Purpose of this research to study, analyze and try to determine the optimal strengthening ratio between flexural concrete members and externally bonded composite reinforcement, in this case: Basalt. Basalt has great material strength and durability properties while being very cheap to manufacture. It will be used to replace more expensive and less environmentally resistant materials such as glass or carbon. It will help to provide a solution to ageing and out of date infrastructure, and allow for cheaper repair and retrofitting instead of having to replace all the infrastructure.
The purpose of this research is to study the viability and durability of using Basalt as a composite, externally bonded strengthening method in colder climates such as Canada. It will study and analyze any effects which this climate and its harsh conditions would have on this method of repair. This will help to determine how viable this repair method would be in a country like Canada.