Current Issue Flipbook

Trade Journals for the Concrete Industry

Current Issue Archive Online Flipbooks CPI Middle East CPI TV Events Buyers' Guide Newsletter Advertising Subscription

Why are steel fibers and “traditional” mesh reinforcement the perfect union?

NV Bekaert SA, 8550 Zwevegem, Belgium


Cracks are a normal, but controllable state of reinforced concrete; the SLS (Serviceability Limit States) limits their opening. If cracks do not exceed a certain aperture, they do not reduce the structure’s strength or the structure’s serviceability. Current building codes, such as Eurocode 2, focus on durability and serviceability, such as preventing mesh reinforcement corrosion and preventing cosmetic damage and ensuring water-tightness. This immediately implies limiting the opening of cracks. For reinforced concrete, the rules and formulas for calculating crack opening are state of the art. Usually this involves imposing a minimum mesh reinforcement. Aside from the minimum mesh reinforcement for controlling the cracking, there are other rules to determine the minimum mesh reinforcement to ensure the ductility and safety of a structure (Ultimate Limit State). Even by applying these minimum reinforcement rules, excessive cracking of reinforced concrete is a common problem.

Show article
Download article


NV Bekaert SA
Bekaertstraat 2
8550 Zwevegem, Belgium
F +32 56767290
T +32 56767292

CPi worldwide journals are trade journals for the concrete and precast concrete industry that are published in 10 different language editions in more than 170 countries. These trade journals, with their practical editorial reporting on research, production and applications, are specifically addressing the decision makers of the concrete and precast concrete industry.

About us
ad-media GmbH

Industriestrasse 180
50999 Cologne

T: + 49 2236 96 23 90
F: + 49 2236 96 23 96

  • Magazine
  • CPi-tv
  • Events
  • Buyers' Guide
  • Newsletter
  • Advertising
  • Patents
  • ad-media GmbH
  • Linkedin
  • Imprint
  • Data Protection
We are using Cookies on www.cpi-worldwide.com. Some of them are essential, while others help us improve this website and your experience. More information can be found in our privacy policy. Accept all Extended Configuration
Cookies of this category are required for the basic functions of the website. They are used for safe and proper use and therefore cannot be deactivated.
Cookies of this category allow us to analyze (Google Analytics) the use of the website and measure performance. They also help us to provide useful functions.
Cookies of this category allow us to show third-party content (social networks, videos)
Save settings and close Accept all