Engineering Reports and Helix Micro Rebar for Code Officials

Using an alternative concrete reinforcement product, even Helix® Micro Rebar®, which has been employed in over 40,000 projects, can be intimidating. That’s why we provide a high level of transparency, with detailed evaluation reports containing specific information for design applications such as slabs, foundations, footings, walls, and pavements.

Not only does this data demonstrate the performance advantages of Micro Rebar®, it also makes it easier to help those involved in the approval process understand, trust, and confidently approve its use.

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A Screw Works Better Than a Nail 

Helix® Micro Rebar® is an optimized reinforcement that increases the strength and resilience of concrete. Based on a simple concept – a screw works better than a nail – this proactive reinforcement “locks” millions of tiny screws (11,500 parts per pound) into concrete, with each able to bond to concrete and pick up load before any failure occurs.

Helix® Micro Rebar® is a smart choice for residential, commercial, and infrastructure applications for many reasons:

  • Made of high-tensile steel
  • Provides proactive reinforcement to help prevent cracking
  • Increases concrete modulus of rupture and post-crack strength
  • Improves concrete’s resistance to flexural strength 
  • Installs quickly, reducing project timelines
  • Reduces the use of rebar needed in structures

We Provide Research Reports to Make Approval Easier

The International Code Council (ICC) allows for the use of alternative materials and methods of construction that are not specifically named in the code. Called the Alternative Allowance for Alternative Materials (AAAM), this provision gives building professionals the freedom to explore new types of materials and methods — as long as they are equal to the performance and safety to those that are already approved.

To prove performance equality, a research report is required. While this makes the job of a code official much easier, building a research report that meets an international standard like ISO/IEC 17065 is an extremely rigorous process that includes criteria established through public comment and a code official hearing process, third-party testing, peer review, and annual plant audits. Just to name a few.

All of our reports feature assumptions for design, conditions of use, plan views, details for different types of footing and dosage, equations to calculate capacities, direct tension testing, and more. Calculations for alternative requirements are also available.

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To find out more about our evaluation reports, contact the Helix Steel team today.

Helix Micro Rebar Takes You Beyond Cost Savings

Our small concrete reinforcement can cut time, eliminate materials and simplify a job site, all resulting in significant cost savings. To get your no-obligation quote from Helix Steel’s in-house design team, reach out to us today and we’ll work with you to outline your estimated cost savings – it is often quite significant!

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