Kodiak Fiberglass Rebar, Used for the First FRP Reinforced Bridge in U.S. History
(Mckinleyville Bridge over Buffalo Creek, West Virginia 1996)
FIberglass Rebar History -USA
FRP Fiberglass Rebar is the “Hybrid” concrete reinforcement noted for its high tensile strength, light weight , Non-Corrosive, & Non-Conductive properties. KODIAK Fiberglass rebar was the first structurally viable Fiberglass rebar developed & produced in the United States. 1982, Leroy applied his extensive knowledge in structural plastics & years of experience in the field of plastics pultrusion moved with the idea of industry change for infrastructure sustainability. 1984 Leroy Heston stepped forth with Kodiak Fiberglass Rebar, as the most effective solution to the US’s crumbling bridge infrastructure. Over time, salts used to de-ice bridges slowly penetrate bridge concrete to its steel reinforcement. When chlorides chemically react to steel rebar, rust is formed expanding as it reacts. The expansion of rust exerts tremendous internal pressure from the inside of the concrete structure eventually causing the concrete to crack, ultimately causing structural failure shortening the working life of the structure.
The Original Fiberglass FRP rebar in which testing & application standards as used in ACI440 were set. The Mckinleyville Bride of Buffalo Creel was first vehicular bridge in the U.S. using only GFRP concrete reinforcement (WV Mckinleyville bridge 1996) for the U.S. Federal Highway Department with The University Of West Virginia’s Dr. Hota GangaRao.