Guide to reinforcing steel

For many specifiers and users, reinforcing steel is a commodity product and largely taken for granted. The most significant attribute is often the price, rather than any particular performance characteristic. Reinforcing steels in the UK, and in many non-UK locations, are almost invariably ordered to British Standards, or an extremely close variant. Most designers will specify reinforcing steels using a bar or fabric schedule to BS 8666, with little knowledge about the product being ordered, how it is made, inspected, tested, or what characteristics it may have, and how these may influence fabrication, site operations and structural performance.

In order to help clarify this situation, CARES has produced a Guide to Reinforcing Steels. This is now in 11 parts, and now includes Part 11 which provides information on ‘Sustainable’ reinforcing steel. Part 11 is a new addition to the first 10, all of which have been updated (2011). It is intended to maintain this Guide in an updated form after review at appropriate periods in time..

Part 1-The product certification scheme for steel for the reinforcement of concrete

Part 2-Manufacturing process routes for reinforcing steels

Part 3-Properties of reinforcing steels

Part 4-Fabrication of steel reinforcement

Part 5-Welded reinforcement fabric

Part 6-Welding of reinforcing steels

Part 7-Stainless reinforcing steels

Part 8-Ancillary products for the reinforcement of concrete

Part 9-Information Technology in the Reinforcement Supply Chain

Part 10-Reinforcement product standards and design codes

Part 11-Sustainable Reinforcing Steel Scheme