Emesh Sustainability

As members of the ISCA, Fibercon strives to improve the use of recycled materials in infrastructure.
In the current climate it is now known that plastic waste is becoming a real problem, and answers need to be found to repurpose this waste into products that can benefit society and the environment rather than detract from them.
Emesh does exactly this.
Emesh is made from 100% recycled plastic and is used to replace steel mesh as reinforcing in concrete. This provides a means to reuse the waste plastic as well as repurposing it to replace steel in concrete reducing the GHG’s for the infrastructure we build for our cities.
More sustainably built infrastructure equals more livable cities and improves our society.

Daintree gateway boat ramp & car park
Magnetic Island shared pathway
ACT Healthy Waterways
North Stradbroke artificial reefs
Hobsons Bay Skeleton Creek Upgrade
 

Using Emesh in the IS calculator V1.2 and V2.0

To help with identifying how to input Emesh into the IS Calculator V1.2 & 2.0 we have created an example below. We have used a shared pathway example with a project size of 3000m2 (1km of 3m wide pathway). The concrete thickness is 100mm, Concrete strength 32mpa. Concrete mix was chosen to have 30% fly ash (typical for Queensland) Steel mesh size SL72 Emesh Fibre dosage 4kg/m3
Base case consists of 300m3 of concrete, transport to site 10km, steel chosen as imported steel mesh
Actual case consists of 300m3 concrete, transport to site 10km, alternate reinforcement Emesh chosen

IS Calculator V1.2 example

To compare the benefits of replacing the steel reinforcement with Emesh follow the steps below. Start by choosing base case for a Roadway and enter 1km as distance. Next enter the information regarding concrete volume, strength, SCM%, truck type and distance

Next choose your steel reinforcement type from the drop down box enter quantity in tons, delivery truck type and distance

Next choose the actual case tab and enter the same concrete information as base case

Next from the drop down list for steel choose the alternative to steel… Emesh.  Enter the quantity in tons and no delivery details required already in concrete truck delivery

Now go back to the home tab and review the results

IS Calculator V2.0 example

To compare the benefits of replacing the steel reinforcement with Emesh follow the steps below.  Start by choosing base case for a Roadway Next go to Ready mixed concrete default mixes.  Enter the information regarding concrete volume, strength, SCM%, truck type and distance

Next choose your steel reinforcement type from drop down box.  Enter quantity in tons, delivery truck type and distance

Next choose the actual case tab and enter the same concrete information as base case

Next from the drop down list for steel reinforcement choose the alternative to steel, i.e. Emesh
Enter the quantity in tons and no delivery details required already in concrete truck delivery

Now go back to the home tab and review the results

You can also compare the results by choosing the Charts tab and view the results