Synthetic Fibre Bars could Replace Steel Rebars in Highway Bridges

Times of India reported that India’s Road Transport and Highways Minister Mr Nitin Gadkari, while addressing Foundation Day of an industry house in
Synthetic Fibre Bars could Replace Steel Rebars in Highway Bridges
Fibre Bars Highway BridgesThe Hindu

Times of India reported that India’s Road Transport and Highways Minister Mr Nitin Gadkari, while addressing Foundation Day of an industry house in Mumbai, said that his ministry will allow use of synthetic fibre and composite fibre bars in place of steel products for building roads and bridges to reduce cost in the face of artificial hike in price of the key construction raw material. He told "Every steel producer has got its own iron ore mines. So, jacking up prices is a type of black marketing and the cement industry is also habitual of this. I am going to settle my issues with them. Now we are planning to allow synthetic fibre in place of steel. There have been a lot of inventions and now we will allow this for bridge and road construction.”

He warned “Nearly 40% of the steel and cement are used in highway construction. If they don't reduce prices, we will formulate alternative policies.”

Synthetic fibre and composite fibre bars are being used in different parts of the world and this can reduce the requirement of steel in construction projects. Being corrosion-proof and light, these are emerging as alternatives to steel, though these cannot replace steel completely. Top civil engineers in the government and private sectors said there have been several innovations and use of synthetic fibre, composite fibre bars and fibre-reinforced concrete is catching up. But there are some issues that need to be addressed. Most of the structures should have at least 100 years of life. So far, there is hardly any trial of the composite fibre or synthetic fibre for 20-30 years. There is a need to try the products and see their performance

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