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Bi-component and
high performance



Both national and international regulations and requirements for fiber
concrete are constantly changing. These new developments point
clearly in the direction of innovative synthetic fibers featuring perfor-
mance characteristics equal to, or in excess of, steel mesh and steel
fibers and combine that with the benefits (no corrosion, no risk of inju-
ry) of synthetic fiber concrete.

Synthetic fiber concrete features a
broad range of applications due to its
high flexural strength, proven post-crack
behaviour, and outstanding processibi-
lity. Optimized fiber dosages serve best
to satisfy quality and economic de-

Developing Concrix

All demanding requirements have been taken into account in the de-
velopment of Concrix. The result is a polyolefin based, internationally
patented, bi-component macrofiber consisting of a core and a shell.
Concrix displays high tensile strength simultaneously with high bond-
ing strength when added to the concrete matrix. The core material
features excellent tensile strength as a result of its high E-modulus.
Best bonding is achieved by the surrounding shell, featuring a em-
bossed surface and activating additives.
The embossed surface appearance, displaying each individual fiber,
was developed to optimize the bonding to the concrete matrix without
compromising the workability of fiber concrete. A large number of ex-
periments have been carried out to optimize fiber dosages and rheol-
ogy of fiber concrete. Concrix dosages up to 2 vol.% still feature high
concrete fluidity.


Certified according to EN 14889-2
Concrix is compliant with all require-
ments under EN 14889-2 Fibers for
concrete part 2: polymer fibers for
system 1 (for load bearing concrete
structures, mortar and grout [table ZA.
1]) and therefore is suitable to com-
pletely substitute steel fibers (EN

Post-crack behaviour
By adding Concrix, concrete benefits from a significant improvement
in its post-crack behaviour exceeding, that of steel fiber concrete, and
fulfilling international requirements for shotcrete. The excellent values
with respect to the post-crack behaviour of Concrix-Fiber concrete
enable a broad and economic use in the tunnel respectively mining
area and offer a real alternative to high charged steel fiber concrete.

Comparison with other products
Concrix is decisively superior in direct
comparison with other macro synthetic
fibers available on the market. Current-
ly, fiber concretes with a dosage rate of
4,5 kg Concrix per m3 surpass marked-
ly the capacity of 30 kg steel fibers in
the crucial issues.

Further advantages of Concrix
Concrix-Fibers are alkali-resistant, rust resistant, pliable, and unlike
steel fibers, prevent injuries. Concrix is also more cost effective be-
cause it preserves equipment, such as mixers and pumps, from wear
and tear. The low specific weight of Concrix allows for smaller dos-
ages (vol%), yet higher numbers of fibers, resulting in a tighter net-
working and an improved fiber concrete behaviour. The fibers come
bundled to avoid lumps of bristles.

0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4
deflection [mm]

CONCRIX 4.5 kg/m3
Steelfibers 25 kg/m3
Macrofiber Competitor 1 4.5 kg/m3
Macrofiber Competitor 2 4.5 kg/m3
source: Empa, Dbendorf /CH

Benefits Fields of application
No corrosion
No risk of injury
More fibers per kilogram
Reduces wear and tear on machinery
Alkali resistant
Shorter construction time reducing
building costs

Shotcrete (tunnelling, mining etc.)
Prefabrication (tubbing, formed parts etc.)
Industrial floors
Foundation slabs / Basement walls
Traffic areas (streets, airports, port facilities etc.)
Water impermeable concretes

Empa, Dbendorf / CH
VersuchsStollen Hagerbach AG, Flums / CH

Brugg Contec AG
Aachstrasse 11
CH-8590 Romanshorn
Tel: +41 71 466 12 12
Fax: +41 71 466 12 10