In Pompano Beach (Florida, US), Basanite Industries, LLC is nearing the start-up of its new manufacturing facilities to produce basalt fiber and basalt composites.
At the pre-launch stage, the producer is forging relationships with manufacturers of precast concrete throughout North America.
We have memorandums of understanding for a volume of orders as soon as we start producing. Basanite is working with several large concrete producers, such as U.S. Concrete Products Corp. and American Concrete Industries, to reverse engineer products to replace black steel and epoxy coated reinforcement with BFRP,
said Richard Krolewski, Basanite’s CEO.
In addition, the Florida Department of Transportation is now accepting designs that include basalt composites, which Krolewski believes will point the way for other standardizing organizations to accept BFRP reinforcement.
The bridge over the Halls River is one of the ongoing projects implementing fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) technologies instead of conventional concrete and steel in Florida. By the end of the year, the construction will be completed, claim the authorities.
BFRP is 75% lighter than steel, will never corrode and has tensile strength greater than steel. It holds great promise for basalt fiber and basalt composites to be used as reinforcing in bridges, highways, drainage structures, port and coastal facilities, etc.
If the structural damage due to corrosion is eliminated, the time of operation will increase considerably, costs for repair will decrease and environmental footprint will be reduced.
Translated by Olga Yurchenko