Corrosion of steel reinforcement is one of the most important factors affecting the life expectancy of concrete structures. To tackle this issue, Bekaert developed a range of low-relaxation galvanized PC strands. Depending on requirement, the company offers zinc coating levels up to 1 oz/sq ft, per ASTM A475. All galvanized strands have passed the ASTM A416 standard for 1,000-hour stress relaxation and are ASTM A1081 bond-test certified. To date, Bekaert is the only manufacturer of galvanized seven-wire strands that meet the ASTM A416 standard specification as well as the Buy America provisions.