I came across another article which references the problems associated with the constant use of steel rebars in our infrastructure. Adding a significant amount of basalt reinforcements to these projects would go a long way in providing a much longer lasting solution.
It is time for engineers to integrate Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymers (BFRP) into these projects. Long runs of basalt rebar mean less labor, ease of installation, no sharp jagged ends, less overlaps, ties and time.
Due to the weight of steel, the equivalent amount of basalt rebar in one shipping container would require eight containers for the steel. That is a considerable amount saved in shipping costs alone!
Basalt does not conduct electricity. Airport runways and walkways, communications towers and terminals would not be subject to RF interference as they are now from steel embedded in the concrete. Basalt does not rust or corrode resulting in a much longer lifespan compared to steel.
No regulation states that steel has to be used exclusively – adding basalt reinforcements is a solution that is available now and in total saves money, bottom line!