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Kentucky Transportation Center innovate in construction

News International-French

17 Oct 2012

The structures research team has developed a new product called CatStrong CRP-X.

This innovative product consists of Carbon Fiber Polymer Rod Panels that are bonded to existing reinforced and pre-stressed concrete bridge structural members that have become deficient to increase their capacity. 


The panels consist of small diameter carbon fiber rods that can resist up to 195,700 pounds of force per one foot wide section, but only weigh 6.48 ounces per square foot. The goal of CatSTrong CRP-X is to decrease bridge repair costs by reducing labor hours typically required to fix concrete bridge structures.  Applying CatSTrong CRP-X panels to concrete bridges does not impact traffic.