Milliken Infrastructure Solutions LLC and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Materials Co Ltd have partnered to introduce Nippon Steel’s carbon fiber Strand Sheet material to the North American market.

Strand Sheet consists of hundreds of factory-made carbon fiber/epoxy strands woven into sheets. Strand Sheet can be externally bonded to existing steel, concrete, and masonry structures to improve their strength and stiffness.

The material is installed using a non-sag paste adhesive that encapsulates the individual carbon strands and bonds them to the surface of the structure. 

Strand Sheet can be externally bonded to existing steel, concrete, and masonry structures to improve their strength and stiffness.
Strand Sheet can be externally bonded to existing steel, concrete, and masonry structures to improve their strength and stiffness.

Infrastructure challenges

‘Strand Sheet is the most innovative fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthening system to be introduced in the last 15 years,’ claimed Gregg Blaszak, business development manager for Milliken Infrastructure Solutions. ‘The addition of Strand Sheet to our existing portfolio of strengthening solutions enables us to properly address the challenges associated with deteriorating and aging steel infrastructure.’