Structural Reinforcement strengthens parapet walls.

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Tailored to meet requirements of masonry parapet and retaining walls, Paratec (PARApet TEChniques) system strengthens while remaining sensitive to original architecture. It does not narrow roadways or require rebuilding of walls and addresses problems with older masonry structures subject to wind loading, seismic movement, vehicular impact, and foundation subsidence. Solution makes use of CINTEC Reinforcing Anchor System, fashioned out of steel bar enclosed in mesh fabric sleeve.


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CINTEC America, Inc. Offers Parapet Wall Strengthening with Paratec

CINTEC America, Inc. of Baltimore, MD, designer and manufacturer of the CINTEC Reinforcing Anchor System, now offers Paratec (PARApet TEChniques), a highly versatile method of internal structural reinforcement that is tailored to meet the specific requirements of masonry parapet and retaining walls. The Paratec system strengthens low parapet masonry walls - such as those found on roofs or balconies, or a low wall that is part of a bridge or an embankment - while remaining sensitive to the original architecture and without narrowing roadways or rebuilding the wall. This new system is a targeted approach to solving problems associated with older masonry structures that are subject to wind loading, seismic movement, vehicular impact and foundation subsidence. The Paratec system is backed by extensive research using practical testing as well as advanced computer modeling techniques that simulate the effects of vehicle impact upon a masonry wall. Working in conjunction with both software specialists and consulting engineers, the Paratec system utilizes advanced dynamic software incorporating a discrete element analysis technique that enables the behavior of parapet walls to be accurately predicted under various circumstances. At the site, the CINTEC Reinforcing Anchor System, fashioned out of a steel bar enclosed in a mesh fabric sleeve, is inserted into the structure in need of reinforcement. A specially-developed, non-polymer, cement-like grout is then injected into the sleeve under low pressure. The grout then fuses with the mesh, expands, and shapes itself around the steel to fit the space. CINTEC uses state-of-the-art dry- or low-volume wet diamond drilling techniques to reduce or even eliminate water damage associated with conventional concrete wet drilling. About CINTEC America, Inc. Founded in 1986, CINTEC America, Inc. of Baltimore, MD, is a world leader in the field of structural masonry retrofit strengthening, repair, and preservation. The principal activity of the company is the design and manufacture of the CINTEC Reinforcing Anchor System, a micro-cement and lime-grout anchoring and reinforcing technique. CINTEC America offers complete structural analysis and design services, turn-key solutions, as well as masonry repair and reinforcement anchors used for blast protection, seismic reinforcement, historic preservation and overall building strengthening. CINTEC has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2002 Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation, two U.K. Historic Bridge Awards, and an Engineering Excellence Award from The Institution of Engineers based in Australia. For more information regarding CINTEC America, Inc., call 1-800-363-6066; fax: 800.461.1862; or send an e-mail to: solutions@cintec.com. Visit the CINTEC website at www.cintec.com.

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