Fibre reinforced concrete
TOPFORCE is a fibre reinforced, high performance concrete, that eliminates the need for some traditional reinforcement. Topforce SF uses steel and Topforce MF uses macro synthetic polypropylene fibres as a structural reinforcement.
Quicker and easier to place than traditional mesh reinforced concrete, it also improves durability and performance of the finished construction. TOPFORCE can be used for any flooring or hardstanding application that requires the strength and durability of reinforced concrete.
Topforce also helps to reduce carbon emissions. The carbon footprint of concrete reinforced with macro synthetic polypropylene fibres is around 60% lower than that of steel mesh reinforced concrete. As there is no need for the steel mesh reinforcement to be delivered, this helps to reduce carbon emissions by limiting truck movements.
TOPFORCE removes the need for crack control fabric reinforcement because it contains specially designed fibres,which are added during the production process using the latest batch control technology.
Where can Topforce be used?
Fibre reinforced concrete for internal floors
Topforce MF is ideal for internal floors in retail stores, warehouses and heavy industrial areas.
Fibre reinforced concrete for airport taxiways
Topforce MF fibre reinforced concrete can be used in airport taxiways.
Fibre reinforced concrete for civil engineering
Topforce SF fibre reinforced concrete is ideal for use in civil engineering applications.
Fibre reinforced concrete for external slabs
Topforce MF can be used for external slabs (pavements & hard standings).
Fibre reinforced concrete for highways
The properties of Topforce MF fibre reinforced concrete is ideal as a highways sublayer.
Concrete for composite metal decks
Topforce SF fibre reinforced concrete can be used for composite metal decks.
Fibre reinforced concrete for roads & bridges
The properties found within Topforce MF make it ideal for roads & bridges.
Concrete for heavy duty flooring
Topforce SF can be used in heavy duty flooring applications, both in internal & external settings.
Fibre reinforced concrete for jointless floors
Topforce SF is durable and offers exceptional performance making it ideal for jointless floors.
Why use Topforce?
Traditionally, steel mesh has been the material of choice for reinforcing concrete. However, the process is time consuming, labour intensive and with metal prices and transportation costs rising, it is not cost effective. TOPFORCE eliminates the need for traditional reinforcement without compromising performance, strength and durability. Using Topforce fibre reinforced concrete also reduces manual handling and health and safety related issues on site.
Topforce is reinforced with either macro synthetic polypropylene or steel fibres and can be designed to exclude traditional steel mesh reinforcement. Topforce fibre reinforced concrete is not only quicker and easier to place but it also contributes to the durability and performance of the finished construction.
Traditional concrete relies on layers of mesh or rebar to provide crack control and structural strength. To ensure maximum effectiveness these must be placed in exact locations. Even the smallest deviation can result in the concrete being unable to perform to design requirements. The fibres in the Topforce concrete provide 3D reinforcement, hence improving the performance of the concrete.
Available in two formulations, Topforce can be used for any flooring or hard standing application that requires the strength and durability of reinforced concrete. The range includes Topforce MF and Topforce SF and they differ in the way in which each is produced. Topforce MF is reinforced with macro synthetic fibres, Topforce SF is reinforced with steel fibres.
Topforce MF is reinforced with macro synthetic polypropylene fibres compliant to BS EN14889-2:2006 class II to deliver structural reinforcement across a three-dimensional plane to improve: crack control and durability, impact and abrasion resistance and corrosion resistance.
Topforce MF is ideal for all external applications and can also be designed to include micro polypropylene fibres to further reduce the risk of plastic shrinkage cracking.
Topforce MF has many applications including, internal floors (retail stores, warehouses etc.) including heavy industrial floors, external slabs (pavements & hard standings), roads & bridges, airport taxiways and as a highways sublayer.
Topforce SF is reinforced with steel fibres compliant to BS EN14889-2:2006 to increase: crack control and durability, impact and abrasion resistance and optimised joint spacing.
Topforce SF is ideal for large area concrete floors, industrial floor slabs or applications expecting high loads. It too can be designed to include micro polypropylene fibres to further reduce the risk of plastic shrinkage cracking.
Topforce SF has many application including, heavy duty flooring applications (internal & external), civil engineering applications, composite metal decks and jointless floors.
Topforce is available with lower carbon savings, read more about our sustainable concrete here.