A guide to UK Fibrwrap services and how these specialist applications are used during concrete repairs projects. Visit www.fibrwrap-ccuk.com to learn more
Although the need to repair and rehabilitate ageing structures is as old as time – it doesn’t mean the repair methods we use need to be! The use of carbon fibre has risen swiftly in the UK in recent years, with no exception of a wonder product called Tyfo® Fibrwrap®. In this guide, we’ll provide you with all of the information you need about UK Fibrwrap services and how they are used in concrete repair projects like yours.
What is Tyfo® Fibrwrap®?
Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Systems are a collection of fibre-reinforced polymer products used to repair, rehabilitate, and/or strengthen concrete structures such as:
- Beams, columns, and other foundational assets
- Chemical plants
- Pipelines carrying water supply, oil and gas, nuclear, fossil fuels, power generation, and more (interior and exterior)
- Sewage works
- Warehouses and storerooms
As the name suggests, Fibrwrap is an incredibly strong, versatile, and long-lasting strengthening and repairs product that comes in the form of `wrapping`. Tyfo® Fibrwrap® can be made from carbon (known as carbon fibre wraps), glass, aramid, or hybrid (a combination of the aforementioned). Fibrwrap boasts many qualities – it’s quick, non-intrusive, and cost-effective, to name a few.
At CCUK, we specialise in the use of carbon fibre wraps. Their main job is to restore the integrity of ageing or damaged pipelines, buildings, and other large industrial structures.
There are many types of Tyfo® Fibrwrap® System, each designed and manufactured to match the exact needs of the project at hand; for example, a Fibrwrap with built-in erosion protection for coastal zones, an anti-corrosive Fibrwrap to use within pipelines, and so on. You can find a full list of the Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Systems we use at CCUK here.
Tyfo® Fibrwrap® is one of our top-rated carbon fibre strengthening services, which you can find listed here. If you are looking for a long-lasting, cost-effective, and versatile way of repairing and rehabilitating your building or structure, Tyfo® Fibrwrap® is likely suitable for your project.
5 ways to use Fibrwrap during concrete repairs projects
Undoubtably, one of the best qualities of Fibrwrap is how versatile it is. No matter what the environment – extreme heat, harsh chemicals, a structure submerged in water – there is a Fibrwrap System to match. Listed are 5 of our top ways to use Fibrwrap during concrete repairs projects; not an exhaustive list, but we had to prioritise a few!
1) Pipeline repairs
Pipe repairs and leak sealing are one of the most common types of projects that benefit from Fibrwrapping. During our South Humber Bank Power Station project, we repaired and strengthened the cooling water inlet pipes, scouring them and fixing any damage caused by erosion. To do this, we used a Tyfo specialist underwater epoxy system.
Request further info on this project: Power Station Pipe Strengthening – Composites Construction UK
2) Beam, column, and structural element repairs within buildings…
With their jagged angles and awkward corners, it makes sense to use a flexible strengthening product like Fibrwrap on structural elements of buildings such as beams and columns. During our column strengthening project on the Asticus Building, we added capacity to the ground floor of this 8-storey structure.
Request further info on this project: The Asticus Building – Composites Construction UK
3) Future-proofing a building using carbon Fibrwrap
Fibrwrap is a superior support product for concrete repairs, but it’s also ideal for a combined strengthening project with the goal of protecting a large building or structure from future damage and deterioration. During our London South Bank University project, we installed over 8000m2 of Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Systems to strengthen and future-proof the building. It’s the largest Fibrwrap project to be taken on in a UK building to date!
Request further info on this project: London South Bank University – Composites Construction UK
4) Bridge repair with erosion protection
Although Fibrwrap is ultra-thin and lightweight, it’s an effective product to use on repairs as cumbersome as bridges. During our East Sussex Bridge Repair and Protection Scheme, two footbridges were showing signs of corrosion and delamination of the concrete. Extensive repairs to the piles and Tyfo GFRP Systems wrapping were installed for added protection.
Request further info on this project: East Sussex Bridge Repair and Protection Scheme – Composites Construction UK
5) Structural refurbishment with an extension
Sometimes, a structure is subjected to a significant increase in imposed loads. This was the case with our Clayton Hotel project, which planned to add extra floors and bedrooms to the building. During the project, we used a `hybrid` Fibrwrap system to strengthen existing beams, columns, slabs, and shear walls to prevent sagging and hogging beneath the extra weight.
Request further info on this project: Clayton Hotel – Composites Construction UK
Interested to see more Fibrwrap in action? Take a look at these other recent projects we’ve finished using various combinations of Tyfo® Fibrwrap® System: Mace Construction Charterhouse or Power Station in Wales.
Find your nearest Fibrwrap UK specialist contractor
If you are looking for a long-lasting, cost-effective, and versatile way of repairing and rehabilitating your building or structure, Tyfo® Fibrwrap® is likely suitable for your project.