College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Thomas F. Kommer, Philip Barlow
Concrete has been utilized on construction projects for thousands of years, ranging from the Pyramids to the foundation your home is built on. Innovated upon, concrete and its properties have changed over the years, one of the greatest being the discovery of tensile reinforcement. Rebar, commonly known as reinforcing steel or reinforcement bars, have been used in the construction industry for decades. Ranging in size and application, rebar’s unmatched tensile strength and anti-corrosive properties make it the champion of reinforcing structural concrete. Though the advancement in technology has created a new era where other materials may take its place. Attempting to utilize other materials that are lighter but acceptable strong, I wanted to evaluate alternatives of readily available materials that could take over rebar’s place in the construction industry.