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Introducing SIS StructuralComp® FRP Reinforcement Bar

SIS StructuralComp® FRP Reinforcement Bar is a durable continuously pultruded FRP reinforcement bar manufactured from vinyl ester resin and E glass fibres to provide a high strength, inert reinforcement bar for use in reinforcement of concrete elements subjected to highly corrosive environments. FRP reinforcement is not corrosive and allows the concrete cover to be minimised which reduces the weight and cost of the concrete elements. When used as a reinforcement system, SIS StructuralComp® FRP is a Glass-Fibre Reinforced Plastic continuously threaded reinforcing mesh which forms a high load-carrying capacity used to provide tensile strength and crack control to structural concrete elements. Advantages of SIS StructuralComp® FRP Reinforcement Bar include light product weight and easy handling, no onsite ‘hot works’, 100-year design life, high tensile and shear strength and it is very economical. Contact us today for a product brochure, product sample or to speak with a product specialist!

A Unique FRP Shared Use Bridge Demonstrates Versatile Composite Technology

In yet another leap forward in composite pedestrian bridge innovation, FiberCore Europe have manufactured a shared use bridge using the InfraCore® Inside technology with a striking semicircular edge for a railway overpass project in The Netherlands. The bridge is 16.4 metres long and 6.5 metres wide and only weights in at 16.5 tonnes and was installed at nighttime in a single lift in less than 1 hour. The huge advantages in off-site pre-fabrication allows for these extraordinary fast installation times, minimises on-site construction risk and provides more reliability in cost predictions. The use of InfraCore® FRP also means that the structures are lightweight, have a very long life span and are largely maintenance free.

Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) in Buildings & Civil Engineering Structures – Recommendation 96:2019

In a great step forward for designers, engineers and stakeholders who know the advantages of FRP being used in the infrastructure sector, the CROW-CUR Recommendation 96:2019 Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) in Buildings & Civil Engineering Structures – has recently been released in English. ‘CROW’ is The Netherlands Information and Technology Platform for their Department of Transport, Infrastructure & Public Space. CUR96 Recommendation describes the engineering principles for the design of FRP structures and is available for purchase and download at https://crowplatform.com/product/crow-cur-recommendation-962019/ Please contact SIS directly if you would like a to understand more about the content of this document.

SIS Supplier FiberCore Europe Opens 1000th FRP Bridge

SIS’ manufacturing partner FiberCore Europe passed a huge milestone this month with the opening of the 1000th composite pedestrian bridge manufactured using their unique patented Infracore technology. Built to last more than 100 years and guaranteed for 50 years, Infracore composite footbridges are rapidly becoming the product of choice for decision makers in the infrastructure sector. 1000 bridges is a milestone that SIS has assisted FiberCore Europe in achieving as these revolutionary structures have been shipped to all corners of the globe including #Australia. With each project, FiberCore took a step closer to the recognition of FRP as a building material in infrastructure. Proudly brought to the Nations of Oceania by Sustainable Infrastructure Systems.

Rail Sector Embracing FRP Composite Footbridges

UK infrastructure operator Network Rail has entered into a partnership to help take forward the investigation, design and construction of a composite footbridge that it plans building. The concept footbridge was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects and Cowi and is called ‘Futura’. It is being developed into a prototype to demonstrate the benefits that can be gained from using composites in railway station environments for both new build and replacement structures. “We’re delighted to be working on this ground-breaking project with Network Rail, and that they have joined us as a member,” said NCC chief executive Richard Oldfield. “There is clear alignment between the long-term strategic goals of the two organisations – namely to accelerate the adoption of composites in construction and to support the UK’s supply chain development to achieve the government’s Construction 2025 strategy. Composites offer huge benefits to construction, not least in their ability to be built using modern methods, as well as the cost-effective nature of their construction and installation. They are a more sustainable solution, which will contribute to net-zero targets across the industry, and are an intrinsically safer and more aesthetically pleasing option.” Ian Grimes, principal engineer from Network Rail, added: “Our main focus is on putting our passengers first and exploring the full potential of composites as an alternative low-carbon construction material will enable us to continue doing this. “The quicker installation and the corrosion resistant nature of composites will mean less disruption and impact on passengers when we’re installing and maintaining our assets. This offers further environmental benefits alongside cost savings which can then be reinvested into other parts of the network.” SIS looks forward to partnering with all of Australia and New Zealand’s rail industry participants as we bring the manufacturing of FiberCore Europe’s patented composite FRP bridge technology to Australia and the wider Oceania region.

SIS Congratulates ZEBRA Consortia on the Development of 100% Recyclable Composite Wind Turbine Blades

SIS congratulates all parties involved in this groundbreaking project to design and manufacture the wind power industry’s first 100% recyclable wind turbine blade. The consortia named ‘ZEBRA (Zero wastE Blade ReseArch) Project’, is driven by IRT Jules Verne, brings together industrial companies and technological centers (Arkema, CANOE, ENGIE, Suez, LM Wind Power, Owens Corning). Wind energy, both onshore and offshore, plays a critical role in the transition to carbon-free energy sources. With a product lifespan of 30 years and a wind turbine recyclability rate of 85% to 90%, the wind power industry is now looking to close the remaining gap by designing and manufacturing the first 100% recyclable wind turbine blade. Torben K. Jacobsen, Senior Director Advanced Technology Systems, LM Wind Power, stated: ”As a key player in the transition to affordable, renewable energy sources across the world, the wind power industry works actively to develop new materials with higher performance, longer lifespan and recyclable properties. Using Elium resin, combined with design, manufacturing and recycling process optimization, constitutes an opportunity to reduce cost, production time and environmental impact of wind turbine blades. We are thrilled to be a launching partner for a truly recyclable blade for future wind turbines, leading the way to a sustainable world that works for generations to come.”

SIS Completes Engineering Assessment on use of Recycled Plastics in FRP Bridges

In 2019 SIS tasked an internal engineer to undertake an investigation to change out the foam core in our FRP composite bridges to recycled plastic. This was submitted to our manufacturing partner FiberCore Europe and put forward for peer review. As SIS moves to commence the manufacture of FiberCore bridges under licence in Australia in late 2020, trials using 100% recycled plastic will be conducted throughout 2021 with the intention of completing full scale testing by the end of 2021. SIS and its management have played a role in recycling Australia’s waste plastic for over 20 years and yesterday marks a milestone in this sector with the South Australian Government becoming the first state to ban single-use plastics in Australia. Legislation banning the sale, supply and distribution of plastic products like straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers passed the State Parliament yesterday. SIS applauds the South Australian Government and in particular the work of Environment Minister David Speirs in this achievement. 

SIS StructuralComp FRP Composite MTB Bridges

Not all our composite bridges are large in span or designed to carry heavy loads, SIS were recently approached to assist with design elements and the supply of FRP component materials for four bridges, to replace aged timber structures along a mountain bike trail and walking track at Melrose, in the southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. The town of Melrose is famous for its tracks and trails stretching over 80 kilometres in the foothills of Mount Remarkable, showing some truly special Australian landscapes for those with a love of nature, tranquility and adrenaline. SIS FRP materials were the material of choice for their durability in any environment, a 50 plus year design life and their light weight nature making remote installation much easier and more cost effective than traditional alternatives.  

Bio-Resins & Fibres- The Ultimate Ingredient in Sustainable Infrastructure Composite Bridge Construction

FiberCore Europe in conjunction with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, The Netherlands), recently completed a world first by manufacturing an FRP composite bridge using bio-resins, the structure being 15 metres in length by 2 metres wide.  

Basalt fibres and bio-based polyester resin are the main raw ingredients in the bridge – basalt fibres are extracted from basalt rock, the igneous volcanic rock that is created by the solidification of lava. The polyester resin used is partly of natural origin whereby vegetable glycerine is a key part of the process classing it as a bio-resin.

The end result is a high performance structure, expected to last at least 100 years with only a very basic maintenance requirement that is made mainly from natural materials and is 100% recyclable at the end of it useful life.

SIS is proud to partner with such an innovative and sustainably minded Company in Europe and look forward to bringing this technology to Australia & New Zealand and the wider Oceania region.

SIS FiberCore® SUREbridge® – Sustainable Refurbishment of Existing Bridges using FRP

SIS FiberCore® SUREbridge® – Sustainable Refurbishment of Existing Bridges using FRP – Now available in Australia, New Zealand and the wider Oceania region.

In line with our Company vision statement, that begins with the following sentence: ‘Sustainable infrastructure is not just about new infrastructure, it is about rehabilitation, reuse or the optimisation of existing infrastructure, which is consistent with the principles of sustainability and sustainable product development, whether it be from civil infrastructure to mining sectors.’, SIS is proud to announce the arrival of the SUREbridge® system into the markets we serve.

SUREbridge® was developed to address the growing need to restore, widen and add pedestrian / shared path access to existing concrete road structures that are aesthetically pleasing  and financially attractive. 

There are many advantages to stakeholders adopting this technology where it is suitably applicable including not having to demolish an existing structure, increased strength and stiffness of the structure, extension of the assets service life of 50 years and beyond, all the while without the risk of fatigue, corrosion and delamination by using the patented InfraCore® inside technology. 

Contact SIS to request a copy of our SUREbridge® brochure or to discuss your project by email: service@sisau.com.au or call 1300 261 074 in Australia or +61 8 7007 0441 from overseas

SIS InfraCore® Technology used in Composite Ship Hulls

SIS InfraCore® Technology used in Composite Ship Hulls

The patented InfraCore® technology that is key to our FiberCore single element large span composite bridges is now being trialed in The Netherlands for use in full composite ship hulls.

There are numerous benefits to composite shipbuilding and its contributions towards greater maritime efficiency and sustainability. A composite vessel would weigh up to 40 percent less than a steel equivalent which would contribute to a considerable reduction in both fuel consumption of up to 25 percent as well as reductions of harmful emissions.

“The use of composites for larger ships has significant advantages for the entire design of the ship,” says Marcel Elenbaas, senior engineer at Research & Technology Support at ship builder DSNS. “If it is lighter, a vessel uses less fuel and produces lower emissions. The vessel also requires smaller engines, which means more space for additional systems, making for a more versatile platform, and of course, composites require considerably less maintenance than a steel vessel. We have the opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness and viability of large-scale composite shipbuilding.”

SIS and our European partners remain at the forefront of innovation in composite technology and remain true to our ethos of creating a more sustainable world.

SIS Mazi® WPC Decking – Darwin Turf Club, Northern Territory, Australia

SIS Mazi® WPC Decking – Darwin Turf Club

 

SIS supplied roughly 700 square metres of our entrenched market leading Mazi® Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) Decking as part of the multi-million dollar project to construct the Fannie Bay Racing and Sports Club (Silks), a standalone sports venue located at the entrance to the racecourse of the Darwin Turf Club in the Northern Territory, Australia.

 

For over a decade, we have been supplying this world leading product to customers all over Australia from the Snowy Mountains to the harshest of environments to the iron ore mining camps of the Pilbara region in Western Australia. SIS Mazi® WPC Decking will not rot, splinter or crack and is termite proof and with a guarantee of 25 years, brings piece of mind to all stakeholders.

 

If you would like to discuss your project or receive a product sample, please email service@sisau.com.au or call 1300 261 074 in Australia or +61 8 7007 0441 from overseas.

 

 


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