Fibermesh Fibers Used as Alternate for WWF in Eastlinks Office Building 56 in Fort Myers, Florida Case Study

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Courtesy of Propex Operating Company, LLC

This project isan office buildingconstructed using tilt up with a steel frame and composite metal deck elevated slabs. The owner/developer had always used wire mesh to control temperature and shrinkage cracking but was interested in using Fibermesh® 650, a macro synthetic fiber, after learning fibers are recognized as an alternate for wwf as per the SDI.

Fiber reinforcement saved time on the construction schedule by eliminating the need to install wire mesh but also improved quality by providing three-dimensional reinforcement throughout the slab. It was noted by the engineer that the Fibermesh 650 reinforced slabs had less cracking than he typically experiences using wire mesh.

The 3-inch deck with a total slab depth of 5.5 inch slab was originally specified using 6x6/2.1x2.1 wwf. Eliminating the wire mesh provided a safer environment for the workers, while allowing faster placements. Using fiber reinforcement in elevated decks allowed them to 'pump' the reinforcement into place.

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