CarbonWrap was the industry’s original fiber-reinforced technology, first introduced in the 1980s. Over the last three decades, it has been used successfully to repair and retrofit hundreds of structures around the world. Most of those retrofits remain in service today, fully functional and often stronger than the original design. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t continued to innovate our technology.
In 2007, for example, seven patent applications were submitted for CarbonWrap composite systems designed for applications ranging from soil reinforcement to blast protection. And we’re working on an energy-dissipating system, Which could save the full structure by preventing energy propagation in the structure due to a blast, thus help keeping the full structure intact without damage to the foundation or any other structural elements.
At DowAksa, innovation is not just about our high-quality products. We’re also developing innovative application methods that will enable retrofitting of even the most challenging projects at a fraction of the time and costs of alternative methods.
FRP Inventor Shares His Expertise
Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) technology was invented by Hamid Saadatmanesh, Ph. D., P.E., managing director of Infrastructure, Dow Aksa CarbonWrap®. Saadatmanesh introduced it to the industry through an article in the American Concrete Institute magazine in the late 1980s. Since then, he has published more than 100 technical articles on the subject and has received numerous awards for his contributions to the understanding of fiber-reinforced technology and its application in construction.