Emesh completely replaces virgin plastic fibres or steel reinforcing mesh.
An Australian innovation, Emesh by Fibercon recycles plastic to deliver innovative reinforced concrete.
Small recycled plastic macro polypropylene fibres are added to concrete to replace shrinkage steel. Emesh completely replaces non-recycled plastic fibres or steel reinforcing mesh.
100% recycled plastic is a 90% reduction in CO2 compared to steel mesh.
The fibres are manufactured in Australia.
While many Councils and Main Road Authorities already use virgin macro poly fibres in concrete in Australia, Emesh allows them to use 100% recycled plastic to achieve the same result.
Emesh is backed by research that took place at James Cook University conducted as part of a PhD study by Dr Shi Yin.
The Australian Innovation Challenge Award
“Construction and Manufacturing Category.”
Mark Combe – 60 of the Most Innovative Engineers in Australia.
Benefits at a glance:
- SUSTAINABLE – Environmentally friendly, uses 100% recycled plastic. Globally recognised green ratings apply
- CHEAPER – Cost effective – saves time and money with increased durability
- FASTER – Reduces construction time
- SAFER – Safer to use – reduces bending over and tripping hazards
Concrete shrinks during both its early and later life stages, so it’s vital that this contraction is allowed for. Soil uplift and/or subsidence, tree roots and soil pressure can cause rigid concrete to become unsupported or to crack.
The more traditional option to address this was the use of steel mesh, which offers restraint from cracking alongside construction joints that allow for shrinkage. But using steel is costly, draining on mineral resources, labour-intensive and presents safety hazards.
The next big advancement in concrete was the introduction of “macro poly fibre” about 15 years ago. While this was progressive at the time, the use of virgin macro poly fibres was not the best option for our environment.
Emesh controls the risk of shrinkage and cracking during both the early and later stages of concrete life. It offers the same level of reinforcement in concrete as non-recycled fibres, but it’s more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
This allows private companies and government organisations using Emesh to achieve Green Ratings.
Emesh represents the next generation of innovation for standard virgin plastic fibres in concrete. Emesh is simpler, greener, safer and more cost-effective than current alternatives.
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