Provides superior structural performance by strengthening and reinforcing bridges, buildings and numerous other structures
Composites Advantage, LLC offers architects, engineers & the construction industry carbon & fiberglass composites made of advanced structural materials. These materials provide superior structural performance by strengthening and reinforcing bridges, buildings and numerous other structures, better protecting them from the damage of future earthquakes, corrosion degradation, design defect, change of use and or blasts/explosions.
Composites Advantage utilizes a fabric (carbon fiber) similar to the type of material found in the B2 Bomber, F22 Raptor Advanced Tactical Fighter, Space Shuttle and Boeings new 777 and 787 Passenger Jet Aircraft. This composite overlay is a structural skin which is created by saturating a fabric woven out of carbon or other aerospace quality fiber with an epoxy-type resin. The specified composite solution (engineered for strength, stiffness and use loads) is then wallpapered to a structural surface or column to provide significantly increased strength. The composite overlay technique has been found to be extremely effective when applied to columns, wall, floors, beams and girders. Typically, only one or two layers of a 1mm thick overlay are needed for such applications. This material is lighter, more cost effective, offers reduced construction time, and yet, is far stronger than construction steel (i.e. these fibers are 10 15 times stronger and 5 times lighter). When composites are used in concert with traditional building materials, it results in superior structural performance with a minimal level of cost.
Composites Advantage offers engineering services and analysis to specify the optimum design, components and construction services required for installation.
These systems offer a myriad of advantage over traditional methods. Examples include the following:
· 30 to 50% cost reduction over traditional methods.
· Construction process is 3-5 times faster than conventional procedures.
· Minimizes disruption of existing operations. Can be conducted without a facility shutdown.
· No welding or torches required for installation.
· Does not add appreciable mass. Therefore, does not create a foundation problem.
· Virtually maintenance and corrosion free.
· Accepts finishes such as paint, plaster, decorative and other architectural finishes.
Californias Northridge earthquake caused damage in excess of 40 billion dollars. 28 Southern California Hospitals were temporarily closed and three permanently shut their doors. 24,000 dwellings were vacated. Parking structures collapsed because their support columns could not withstand the jolt. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that in excess of $80 billion dollars in damage could result from a 7.0 magnitude earthquake along the Newport-Inglewood Fault in the Los Angeles area. FEMA indicates that for every dollar spent in prevention, at least two-dollars are saved in disaster recovery.
Potential Markets for Composites Advantage include the following:
Retrofits Application Motivation_____________
Owners of office buildings Columns, Beams 1. Upgrading structures to
Hotels, telecom centers, Walls & Floors new earthquake standards.
In response to the earthquake problem, the California State Legislature has enacted legislation which mandates the earthquake retrofit of certain facilities. As a first step, the Legislature has directed Caltrans to retrofit over 4,000 bridges at a cost in excess of $100 billion. As a second step, Senate Bill SB1953 requires 473 hospitals to be retrofitted to lower levels of integrity, meet survival standards by 2008, and be able to continue operating, after a major earthquake, by 2030. The California Healthcare Association has estimated that it will cost $10 billion to meet the 2008 standards and another $14 billion to meet the 2030 standards. In addition to hospitals, California law mandates that thousands of buildings be elevated to current standards of structural integrity.