Uses and Advantages of Welded Wire Reinforcing
After the Second World War, Europe was in complete ruin. Whole nations had to be rebuilt quickly. Conventional methods were sound yet slow. Welded wire reinforcing found a foothold in the building process because of the speed in which it could be placed. This proved to speed the rebuilding process across battered Europe. The advantages to using WWR in lieu of rebar in post war Europe are the same today. Not only can your project move towards completion faster, WWR can reduce your grade 60 steel weights by utilizing the higher tensile strength of grade 80.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AASHTO, has recognized the advantage of higher tensile in producing prestressed concrete bridge girders. This has resulted in a reduction of steel weights in producing bridge elements while still maintaining the same steel areas and strength. The states of Florida and Texas are currently utilizing this new AASHTO standard.
Construction professionals for years have recognized standard WWR for use in building projects. However, other applications for welded wire can be found in a myriad of places. DOT’s regularly use WWR for barriers, bridge rail, and paving. Precast and prestressers commonly use WWR in elements ranging from stair risers, pipe, boxes, piling, double tees, MSE and sound walls, and bridge girders. Large and small commercial projects use structural WWR for slab on grade, upper decks, columns and walls. The mining and agricultural industries use welded wire as well in various applications.
If you would like to find out how WWR can be used in your next project please contact us. One of our trained professionals will assist you in evaluating and designing your next project in structural WWR.