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Monday, July 14, 2014
What is Helix and how was it used on the Pensmore Mansion?
Helix, simply put, is a replacement for rebar.
In any application, from structural foundations, to slabs, suspended structural concrete, and paving, Helix will increase the strength and durability of concrete.
Helix Steel recently earned IAPMO’s Uniform Evaluation Service (UES) Evaluation Report ER-279 on Helix 5-25 Micro-Rebar. Helix Micro-Rebar 5-25 is the only discontinuous concrete reinforcement product in the world that now has a ISO certified design manual that can be followed to design vertical applications (such as walls) with Helix as the primary concrete reinforcement.
Helix has over 15 years of history; from its first development as university research, to practical every day applications. Helix was first introduced to the market by Luke Pinkerton, company President and CTO in 2003.
Luke and other researchers began working to develop what is now Helix for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers as an alternative to rebar in blast resistant applications where rebar was not good enough and too cumbersome for use.
Today, this technology is not only used for blast resistant, high impact applications. Helix has been used for a wide array of applications from commercial structures to roads, bridges, homes and airports.
Helix is manufactured in the United States and sold across the US throughout the world. Helix has been used in over 30 countries and counting.
Visit our Projects Page for a sample list of projects where Helix has been used. And visit our technical page to learn more about how Helix works and how it can benefit your project.
This report accredits Helix Micro-Rebar 5-25 and its design method under ISO Guide 65 for use as an alternative to conventional rebar and wire mesh in concrete. Helix Micro-Rebar 5-25 is the only discontinuous concrete reinforcement product in the world that now has a ISO certified design manual that can be followed to design vertical applications (such as walls) with Helix as the primary concrete reinforcement.
A short news article and video clip detailing the rebuilding of a medical practice in Joplin, MO that was destroyed by an EF5 tornado in May 2011. The new facility is a TF Systems, Helix reinforced ICF structure designed to withstand winds up to 200 mph and be energy efficient. View the video at http://fourstateshomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=389132