CARBON STEEL FIBERS
Carbon steel fibers have been used successfully over the last 30 years. Normal reinforcing such as rebar tend to only reinforce concrete in tension. The addition of Flex-Ten® steel fibers instead of rebar or wire mesh will create a concrete with much more plastic and ductile properties. By adding Flex-Ten® steel fibers you create a 3-dimensional matrix similar to that of the aggregate throughout the mix. When reinforced in all directions you end up with a superior concrete design. Pads will bend instead of crack. The addition of 1" long steel fibers will increase flexural and bending strength by 1.5 to 3 times that of standard reinforced concrete. Steel fibers reinforce in three dimensions throughout the entire matrix. They restrain micro-cracking by acting as tiny reinforcing bars. The earlier a crack is intercepted and its growth inhibited the less chance it will develop into a visual crack or problem.
STAINLESS STEEL FIBERS
The use of Flex-Ten® Stainless Steel Fibers in the reinforcement of refractory materials provides substantial increase in refractory life and therefore a considerable reduction in maintenance costs. Stainless fibers significantly increase the tensile strength of the refractory in its critical period and greatly increase its energy absorption capability. Though discontinuous, fibers act as a crack arrestor and form a mechanical bond after cracks may occur. Stainless steel fibers greatly improve the flexural strength of the castable. This added increase in ductility contributes greatly to thermal shock and spall resistance.
Flex-Ten® is a registered trademark of D & C Supply Co., Inc.