In the service life of a civil structure (e.g., a building or a bridge), a point comes when the signs of deterioration (erosion, cracking, sagging) start becoming prominent. Consequently, a decision is to be made if the condition of this structure is good to use or not. But at the same time, the decision of discarding a structure may not be economically viable. At this stage of not-too-new, not-too-old structure, the technology of structural rehabilitation plays its role.
The C4E structural rehabilitation technology can prove very useful to enhance the service life of such structures by at least 20 more years with the help of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer composite materials. The carbon fiber is extremely lightweight but possesses very high strength, whose fabric-layers can be bonded to the exterior of a structure to enhance its strength and service life. Apparently, the technique is as simple as fixing a wallpaper but needs very lengthy and meticulous calculations in addition to the precise hands-on skills. It is a relatively new technique and very few people in the United States are experienced in it. The method is being successfully used for rehabilitation of bridges, school buildings, multi-apartment residential buildings and is becoming increasingly popular because of being an affordable and efficient solution. We believe that this expertise of our consultancy may save a lot of capital costs in terms of augmenting the life of existing structures.