Irrigation Channels

Coolidge, AZ - November 2011

Project Description

Original specifications for this project called for # 4 bars at 12” O.C. as the crack controlling reinforcement, however the three-dimensional, non-corrosive synthetic fiber option was very attractive from both cost-savings and long-term durability standpoints.  Having successfully passed trials, the 2 ¼” FORTA-FERRO® was used in over 250 feet of new V-ditch canal, involving over 500 cubic yards of fiber-reinforced concrete. In general, the channel base was 6” thick and the sidewall construction was 3”, with control joints installed at 24 ft. intervals. Two different concrete delivery systems were utilized during the project – pumping and conveyor systems – and several placement practices were used – hand-screed, roller- screed, and slip-form systems. In all cases, the high 7.5 lbs. / cu. yd. fiber dosage was compatible with the process and provided a user-friendly and cost-effective alternative to conventional steel reinforcing.


Reinforce an irrigation channel that is critical to the water supply system


Use the non-corrosive FORTA-FERRO® over traditional steel reinforcement


  • Non-corrosive
  • Extreme Durability
  • Reduced Cracking

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