A vital component of steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) floors, these shaped steel fibres build in strength and impact resistance.
- Steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) slabs
- Internal and external ground-bearing slabs – eg, Silifiber®
- ‘Jointless’ ground-bearing slabs – eg, Conductil®
- Composite floors on steel decks – eg, Spanfibre
Eurosteel 50-100 is a 50mm long steel fibre for concrete floors, made from cold drawn steel, with a full-length wave pattern to anchor it into the concrete. Eurosteel concrete fibres are mixed into the concrete on site before it is poured. They can be used instead of traditional mesh reinforcement.
Increased load bearing capacity
Eurosteel 50-100 steel fibres increase the flexural strength and shear strength of the concrete, which means it will be able to withstand greater loads without deforming.
Reduced shrinkage cracks
Adding Eurosteel 50-100 steel fibres to the concrete helps to control shrinkage of the slab while curing. This means there is less likelihood of shrinkage cracks appearing, and the floor itself will be more robust.
The floor should also incorporate planned construction joints (armoured joints and induced saw cut joints) which are an important feature of managing shrinkage.
Improved impact resistance
The extra strength in the concrete protects the floor from damage caused by sudden impact – eg, dropped tools, and other heavy weights. Our surface hardeners are specifically designed to be impact resistant; so if this is a major consideration we would recommend you browse our range of surface hardeners. All our surface hardeners can be used with Eurosteel 50-100.
Use with a surface hardener
With a steel fibre reinforced concrete floor, there may be some fibres which protrude from the surface. A common approach to suppressing these fibres is to add a Rocland surface hardener as a floor topping. This also improves abrasion resistance, impact resistance, smoothness and durability. A surface hardener is particularly effective when applied as a thick wet-on-wet slurry. Please refer to our surface hardeners product section for more information.
Concrete slab design considerations
Eurosteel fibres should be considered as part of the overall slab design. The dosage rate for these concrete fibres varies according to the performance requirements of the slab, which should be calculated by a qualified structural engineer. Please refer to our datasheet for details of the tensile strength of Eurosteel 50-100.
Using steel fibres and finishing the floor with a surface hardener may mean that concrete with lower cement content may be used. This should be considered under the guidance of a suitably qualified professional who is experienced in specifying structural concrete.
If you have any questions about Eurosteel 50-100 steel fibres, please contact our technical team who will be pleased to advise you.
Eurosteel 50-100 steel fibres are not hazardous. You will not need to take any extra health and safety precautions when handling these fibres, other than the usual recommendations for working with concrete and screed mixes. Please contact us if you have any specific health and safety questions or concerns.