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Date: April 14, 2003
Structure: Parking Garage, Birmingham, MI
Contractor: Eagle Construction
Engineer: Testing & Consulting Engineers
Material Used: Fortec Carbon/Kevlar Grid Strap

Project Scope:
Reinforce 12" concrete cieling/floor of parking garage. 4" cores were removed to insert PVC plumbing. Several areas compromised the steel rebar reinforcing by cutting the steel rebar in half when the 4" cores were taken.

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Solution:
Carbon grid straps were laminated on positive and negative sides to restore slabs' structural integrity. After substrate profile was achieved, epoxy was placed on strap and lifted into place. A natural vacuum process pulled strap into substrate. Each strap took approximately 15 minutes to apply. An epoxy-based concrete paint can now be used for aesthetics.

Observations:
The FORTEC Carbon Fiber grid, epoxy matrix, and laminating technique is an effective solution for overhead projects. No mechanical anchors, rollers, or problems due to gravity issues of overhead installtaions, that may be associated with solid plate or wet lay-up techniques. This project shows the benefits of Fortec Stabilization Systems in overall project time and costs versus previous design methods.




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