MasterBrace Laminate - Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) system for structural strengthening of concrete and timber structures
How does MasterBrace Laminate work?
MasterBrace Laminate is a ready to use pultruded, carbon fibre laminate, normally externally bonded to structures, to provide additional load bearing capacity. It provides a lightweight, high tensile strength material (higher than steel reinforcement used in the concrete industry) and is largely utilised for additional flexural reinforcement (ie plate bonding) of concrete and timber members, as part of the MasterBrace Laminate system.
- Increase the flexural capacity of beams and slabs
- Increase the general load-bearing capacity (e.g. structural conversion following an increase in loading conditions)
- Help reduce deflection of the overall structural element (increase in rigidity)
- Help increase the fatigue strength (reduced maintenance)
- Help to increase the crack resistance of a structure (increase in durability)
What are the unique features of MasterBrace Laminate?
To add strength and reinforce structures with material that has a high tensile capacity, MasterBrace Laminate enables the traditional technique of plating (with steel plates) to be replaced with extremely light materials, that are far easier to install.
What are the benefits of MasterBrace Laminate?
- Fast and easy installation - reducing overall installation cost of strengthening
- Durable - non-corroding even if in contact with moisture
- Thin section compared to traditional methods - low profile (thickness) does not impact on architectural aesthetics or reduce useable space
- Simple design - enables the amount of reinforcement to be calculated in relation to the performance required or the flow of stress
- Customisable - a range of sizes and grades available to optimize design requirements and suitable for near surface mounting in grooves
- All laminates are supplied with a protective peelply to both faces - reducing preparation costs, whilst delivering better adhesion to the substrate and to any subsequent coatings