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Unknown levels of boron added to reinforced steel bars exported from China could spell a disaster waiting to happen
A report in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper claims that ‘Chinese steel being imported into the UK could be putting lives and buildings at risk’. And the UK is importing more and more reinforced bars – or rebar – from China: up from 2 per cent of construction requirements in 2013 to 39 per cent today.
The problem has arisen because in order to gain export tax rebates, Chinese steel makers sometimes add unspecified amounts of boron to their product, which then qualifies as an alloy - and is more prone to cracking.
According international engineering institution, The Welding Institute rebar that has in excess of 5 ppm boron requires different welding techniques to be employed. However, the only way to know how much boron rebar contains, every bar needs to be individually tested.
A paper produced by trade body, UK Steel explains that a ‘signifi