With the support of Ivy Steel & Wire, a division of MMI Products, Inc., Indiana’s Purdue University has established an educational Web site that promotes
With the support of Ivy Steel & Wire, a division of MMI Products, Inc., Indiana’s Purdue University has established an educational Web site that promotes a better understanding of the benefits of using welded wire reinforcement (WWR) in concrete. Announcing the launch of www.wire-reinforcement.com, Purdue research scientist Bob McCullouch expressed appreciation for Ivy’s support during development of the site and observed, Over the years, the welded wire reinforcement industry has encountered many misunderstandings about this product within the design and construction communities. It is our hope that the new Internet resource will help dispel some of the myths associated with using WWR.
The site presents numerous tables, graphs, charts, images, animations, videos and voice narrations to bring clarity and interactivity to understanding the many facets of WWR. It is designed to serve as both an educational site and an on-line resource for design engineers and contractors, offering tools such as design examples, sample specifications, code provisions, splicing information, bends and hooks, and mat information. For contractors, a mat weight calculator (determines weight when mat bar sizes and spacing are entered) and a cost calculator (provides installed cost for various reinforcing options) are featured, as well as information on shipping and storing; handling and lifting; supports and accessories.
Affirms Ivy Vice President Bob May, The original goal was to promote better understanding of WWR at the engineering design level and encourage broader use of this technology by construction professionals. [Through its] quality and depth, the site has achieved this and more.