Bekaert is the world's largest independent manufacturer of drawn steel wire products and a global technological and market leader in advanced solutions based on metal transformation and coatings. With headquarter in Belgium Bekaert employs about 25.000 people worldwide and serves customer in 120 countries on 5 continents. With the product range of Dramix® Bekaert is global market leader for steel fiber reinforced concrete.
Bekaert is the world's largest independent manufacturer of drawn steel wire products and a global technological and market leader in advanced solutions based on metal transformation and coatings. In their own R & D labs products and technologies get improved and extended continuously.
With its headquarter in Belgium Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) employs about 25.000 people worldwide and serves customer in 120 countries on 5 continents. Bekaert pursues sustainable profitable growth in all its activities.
For concrete reinforcement Bekaert sets new priorities with its new generation of Dramix® steel fibers. High performance, more efficient, more economical and multifunctional in its application the new fiber generation offers much more possibilities in reinforcing concrete.
The existing and well known range of steel fibers has been renamed into the 3D series, the typical steel fibers with one hook anchorage and a regular tensile strength of the wire. The anchorage of these fiber types are designed for a controlled pull out behavior under advanced deformation. The resistance against pulling out of the concrete matrix plays a crucial role. The 3D series offers sufficient resistance against pulling out in order to provide high strength and yet assures the mechanism of controlled fiber pull-out in order to provide a ductile behavior.
The new developed Dramix® steel fibers of the 4D and 5D series are unique in shape and material characteristics.
For engineering the fibers of the 4D series Bekaert used material with a higher tensile strength and – adjusted to this – a two hooked anchorage. Compared to the 3D series these fibers assure a higher pullout resistance. The 4D series is specially designed to providing the highest serviceability – a perfect solution to limit cracks widths in concrete constructions.
The 5D series from Bekaert is a completely new development with an unseen level of performance and a characteristic mechanism of action. The improved hook is non-deformable, providing perfect anchorage and keeping the fibers firmly in place inside the concrete. The ductile wire of the 5D series elongates while the hook remains firmly in place, enhancing both – the strength and the ductility of the concrete.
With the implementation of the German standard “DAfStb-Richtlinie Stahlfaserbeton” the applications of steel fiber reinforced concrete and combined reinforced concrete are higher than ever before. Structural applications like raft foundations for multistory buildings, clad rack foundations, floors on piles, industrial raft floors or seamless floors can be designed and constructed based on this standard.
As specialist for reinforcing products Bekaert offers as well:
- Murfor® Reinforcement for Masonry
- Armanet® Reinforcing Mesh
- Stucanet® Lath for Plaster and Renders
- Widra® Corner Beads
- Mesh-Track® Reinforcement for Asphalt