Fabric (to BS 4483 Steel fabric for the reinforcement of concrete) consists of high yield steel bars welded together to form a mat. Standard fabrics are available in a range of fabric dimensions as shown in the Table, with a range of bar diameters.
||Type of fabric
||Size of fabric
mm x mm
||200 x 200
||Slabs - suspended and on ground|
||100 x 200
||100 x 400
||Roads, paved areas, ground floor slabs|
||100 x 100
||Sprayed concrete and wrapping structural steelwork for encasing in concrete|
Standards sheet sizes are 2.4m wide by 4.8 m long. Smaller sheets (2.0m by 3.6m) are available from builders merchants. Special fabrics, consisting of any combination of reinforcement sizes, pitches, widths and lengths to suit a particular customerís needs, are also available. Fabrics can be factory bent to shapes to suit customerís needs; it will generally not be appropriate to bend fabric on site.
For further information see The CARES Guide to Reinforcing Steels, Part 5, Welded Fabric, which is available from www.ukcares.com or can be ordered by e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org.