Shear Dowel Connector
The Geoconnect Shear Dowel Connector is a unique CE marked product that is designed to carry large loads across expansion and contraction joints in concrete structures safely and efficiently. Easy to install they are a cost-effective alternative to the more traditional methods of construction details such as slab to slab, corbels, keyed joints or floor to column connections.
Each connector comprises of two pieces, a dowel and a sleeve each with welded local reinforcement, which allows movement of the structural component on both sides of the construction joint. The addition of a rectangular sleeve allows both longitudinal and lateral movement to be accommodated, which is particularly important at internal and external corner situations. Available in five different diameters they are a positive addition to an engineer’s design options as they can be used within the range of concrete strengths, expansion/contraction joint widths and floor thicknesses.
Geoconnect dowels in addition to their excellent mechanical properties have a high resistance to corrosion, a necessity as once incorporated into the structure it is not possible to carry out maintenance work. Available in Stainless Steel and mild steel HDG, the most cost-effective product/material can be designed for each application.
The mild steel HDG option is manufactured from 708M40 steel which is chosen for its wear resistance and high strength properties being improved with molybdenum and chrome. Stainless steel Geoconnect® shear load connectors are manufactured in high resistance EN 1.4462 steel with improved anti-corrosion features according to EN 10088-3.
Along with the increased resistance to corrosion, this steel has better characteristics than the type AISI 316. The higher content of Cr in relation to austenitic steel types improves the resistance to corrosion and the N and Cr content makes it particularly resistant to crevice and pitting deterioration.
The Geoconnect Dowel is fully supported by an engineering department with a full set of load data and certificates available on request by completing the form below or calling RFA-Tech to discuss with a member of our team.