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Fortec Carbon Plate System
Unidirectional Carbon Fiber Plate for structural reinforcement and containment

pdf PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: Fortec Carbon Plate System

Product Description: Fortec Carbon Plate System is a unidirectional, pre-impregnated, carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) comprised of high tensile strength and high modulus carbon fibers encapsulated in a thermal set resin and cured under pressure during the manufacturing process and designed for use as an externally applied reinforcement for strengthening concrete, timber and masonry structures. A peel-ply fabric is adhered to the plate and when removed leaves a prepared bonding surface for adhesion to a prepared substrate. Fortec Carbon plates and CFRP plates can be manufactured for various modulus and tensile strengths as well as bidirectional systems. Fortec Carbon Plate System are typically field installed using Fortec #4020 Epoxy Gel.
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Key Features
  • Prepared peel-ply bonding surfaces
  • No other preparation of CFRP strap required
  • Only peel-ply product on the market
  • Designed for use in lieu of multiple layers/plys of fabric
  • Supplementary reinforcing of beams & slabs
  • Inert reinforcement in highly corrosive environments
  • Can be manufactured with bi-directional strengths
  • Can be packaged in pre-cut lengths
Product Use
Target Applications
  • Structural Retrofit & Upgrades
  • Changes in building use requiring larger loads
  • Increased strength of masonry & concrete walls
  • Increased strength of parking decks & floor slabs
  • Seismic retrofits
  • Shear strength improvements
  • Flexural strength improvements
  • Addition of heavy or vibrating machinery
  • Service life increases
Repair Applications
  • Collision
  • Corrosion
  • Fire
  • Age
  • Overuse
Structural Benefits
  • Seismic confinement
  • Strength increase
  • Deformation & sag decrease
  • Steel reinforcement stress reduction
  • Crack and moisture control
  • Conforms to bowed surfaces

Typical Data
Base Material: Carbon fiber tows in an epoxy resin matrix (CFRP)
Storage: Product to be kept from direct sunlight.
Shelf Life: Unlimited
Color: Black
Product Tensile Strength, ksi (MPa): 449 (3,100)
Product Tensile Modulus of Elasticity, msi (GPa): 23.9 (165)
Fiber Volumetric Content: >68%
Elongation at Break: 1.68%

Mechanical and Physical Properties
Product Width Thickness mils (mm) Cross-Sectional Area in2 (mm2) Ultimate Tensile Strength1 kip2 Design Tensile Strength1 kip2 (kN)
Type F-220 2" nominal (50 mm) 47.2 (1.2) 0.093 (60) 41.8 (185.8) 37.8 (168)
Type F-820 4" nominal (100 mm) 47.2 (1.2) 0.186 (120) 83.5 (371.5) 75.5 (336)
1ASTM D3039 2ip = 1,000 lb-force

Packaging. Fortec Carbon Plate System is normally packed and boxed as a coil. The material may be ordered in pre-cut lengths or and a continuous length of up to _____ feet to be cut on site.

Protect the work area from standing water and inclement weather. Surfaces may be damp. Surfaces must be clean and sound. Spalling or other damaged concrete must be removed to solid material. Laitance must be removed. Grinding, chipping, scarifying, shot blasting, sand blasting, or water jet are all acceptable methods. For concrete and masonry applications, patch all uneven surfaces with Fortec #4020 Epoxy Gel. Broadcast silica sand on patches to avoid amine blush. Use oil-free compressed air to remove any dust or debris immediately prior to application of epoxy resins. Keep Fortec Carbon Plate System from contamination. Store in a clean and dry area away from direct sunlight. Keep in original packaging until installation and protect from physical damage. Remove dust, dirt, and any other foreign materials. Remove water, grease, wax, oil or any other liquids with an appropriate solvent.

Fortec Plate System may be cut to a desired length with heavy shears or guillotine. A fine toothed saw (e.g. hacksaw) may be used if care is taken to avoid splintering or fraying fiber ends.

Epoxy Resin.
Fortec #4020 Epoxy Gel is recommended for all applications.

Apply a prime coat of resin to the substrate at a uniform rate of approximately 25 ft2/gal (approx. 1/16" or 1.5 mm) and wider than the strip to be used. Coverage yield will vary with substrate roughness. Peel off the peel-ply backing from the Fortec Carbon Plate and apply a similar, thin coat of resin to the exposed plate surface. No other preparation or cleaning of the Fortec Carbon Plate is required. Place the Fortec Carbon Plate against the substrate (resin to resin). Using gloved hands and a plastic or rubber laminating roller, depress the Fortec Carbon Plate into the resin to press out air voids. The resin (glue line) should not exceed 1/8" or 3 mm. Remove excess resin. If more than one layer of Fortec Carbon Plate is used, peel off the peel-ply backing from the second side of the plate and apply intermediate epoxy resin layers as before. Do not disturb the Fortec Carbon Plate system for 24 hours. After cure, perform sounding to locate any voids. Inject epoxy resin as needed to fill all voids.

Each structural and life safety application requires the design and certification of a licensed, professional engineer.

An externally applied CFRP system is a vapor barrier. Consult with a licensed, professional engineer to evaluate results of encapsulating porous substrates. Installation should be performed only by a Fortec trained and approved installer. Caution must be used when handling CFRP products. Gloves should be worn to protect against carbon dust skin irritation and exposed fiber ends. Use of an appropriate, properly fitted NIOSH approved respirator is recommended. As with any cutting and adhesive operation, proper eye protection should be used. Always follow OSHA and site safety requirements.

Keep Out Of Reach of Children - Keep Container Tightly Closed - Not For Internal Consumption - For Industrial Use Only

The information contained herein is included for illustrative purposes only and is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate and reliable. Fortec cannot however under any circumstances make any guarantee of results or assume any obligation or liability in connection with the use of this information. As Fortec has no control over the use to which others may put its product, the products are to be tested to determine if suitable for a specific application and to verify if our information is valid for a particular application. Responsibility remains with the specifier, contractor, installer, user, and owner for the design, application and proper installation of each product. Fortec reserves the right to change the properties of its products without notice. Prior to each use of any Fortec product, the user must always read, understand, and follow the warnings and instructions on the product's most current Technical Product Data Sheet, product label and Material Safety Data Sheet available.

LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Fortec Stabilization Systems. ("Seller") warrants its products to be free of defects in material and workmanship for a period of ONE (1) YEAR from the date of purchase. Under this Warranty and limitation of liability, Fortec will provide, at no charge, product and containers to replace any product. Fortec's obligation hereunder, is limited solely to such replacement and is subject to receipt by Fortec of a written notice of any alleged defects, promptly after discovery thereof, within the warranty period. Absence of such notice in writing during the warranty period constitutes a waiver of all claims with respect to such product. This Warranty excludes discoloration or change in visual appearance of the product due to the accumulation of or streaking of dirt or other airborne materials deposited on the surface from the atmosphere. Fortec does not warrant the color-fastness of any product unless specifically stated otherwise. Before application, the Buyer shall determine the suitability of the product for the intended use and Buyer assumes all risks and liabilities whatsoever in connection therewith. THIS WARRANTY IS MADE IN LIEU OF ANY AND ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND/OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WHICH ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED. IT IS UNDERSTOOD AND AGREED THAT BUYER'S SOLE REMEDY,AND THEREFORE SELLER'S LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT,WARRANTY, IN NEGLIGENCE, OR OTHERWISE, SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE RETURN OF THE PURCHASE PRICE PAID BY PURCHASER OR REPLACEMENT OF ANY DEFECTIVE GOODS SOLD BY SELLER AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL SELLER BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL,INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. THE PRICE STATED FOR THE GOODS IS A CONSIDERATION IN LIMITING SELLER'S LIABILITY. The terms of this paragraph may not be orally modified. THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES, WHICH EXTEND BEYOND THE FACE HEREOF.

pdf PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: Fortec Carbon Plate System