- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
- Specialist wikis
Last edited 23 Mar 2021
Concrete is used extensively in civil and structural engineering with its high compressive strength, abundant raw materials and low cost. However, 'common' concrete is prone to cracking and shrinkage, low toughness, low tensile, low flexural strength, low shock resistance and high brittleness. To overcome these problems, additional materials can be added to the mix to improve the performance of concrete.
Fibres used to reinforce concrete include synthetic; fibres, steel fibres, basalt fibres and glass fibres among others. Steel fibres dominated, with more than 45% of the total market in 2014. Synthetic fibre is another key product, predicted to show robust growth during forecast period. The increasing use of basalt fiber as a strengthening material for concrete reinforcement is driving market growth, however, high operating costs and capital-intensive R&D may pose a challenge to the market in the near future.
The concrete fibres market is driven by growing urbanisation and improving construction industry standards worldwide. Concrete fibre finds wide spread applications in the road industry, construction, industrial uses, mining and so on. Construction was the major user in 2014. Growth in construction industry worldwide is expected to drive the demand for concrete fibres in the years to come.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki.
- 3D concrete printer.
- Admixture, additive or agent.
- Admixtures in concrete.
- Alkali-activated binder.
- Alkali-aggregate reaction (AAR).
- Alkali-silica reaction (ASR).
- Architectural concrete.
- Carbon fibre.
- Cast-in-place concrete.
- Cellular concrete.
- Concrete in aggressive ground (SD 1).
- Concrete-steel composite structures.
- Concreting plant.
- Earthquake resistant building materials.
- Glass reinforced concrete.
- Reinforced concrete.
- The properties of concrete.
- Types of concrete.
Featured articles and news
Report examines lack of detail in the Government's vision.
Our director Gregor Harvie hosts 4 webinars at the IHBC marketplace on Friday.
Look up construction terms on any website direct from your browser.
The revival of the public sphere in Toronto.
The story behind the copycat architecture craze.
Insight into construction materials supply and demand issues.
IHBC has announced winners of the 2020 honours.
Cement and concrete industry introduces measures to go beyond net zero.
UKGBC has introduced a resource to help with sustainability challenges.
Is it time to embrace EVs at last?
Plaster, glue and dye produce a highly decorative effect.
BSRIA predicts winners and losers for 2021 and beyond.
Firms must commit to net zero to secure major public work.
The resurgence of the British country house. Book review.