FortecBartec® is the best “pound for pound” mechanical splice system on the market, featuring a guaranteed “bar-break” performance under full tensile load. Bartec not only offers the complete range of splices that may be required on-site, but also facilitates handling and stock-keeping by combining the two most common splices, the standard and the position splice (when the two bars cannot be rotated) into one product. In Europe, the system is sold under the Fortec trademark.


Bar-break rebar coupler     Product Features

Bartec  is a parallel-threaded ​mechanical splicing system designed for the connection of concrete​ reinforcing bars from Ø 12 to ​57 mm(ASTM #4 to #18).​Designed and manufactured in compliance with Eurocode 2, BS 8110, DIN 1045, A​CI 318, IBC, AASHTO, ASME Sec III Div 2.



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  • No reduction of the bar cross section area.
  • Allows full ductile elongation of bars.
  • Easy installation, no torque wrench required.
  • One standard coupler for all splicing requirements (Standard/Position).
  • Manufactured under strict quality assurance plan ISO 9001 and ASME. Third party tested.
  • Full traceability of material origin and production batch.Bartec coupler product range
  • Type 2 coupler suitable for seismic areas.
  • Tested under reverse-cyclic conditions.
  • Solves bar congestion problems.
  • No staggering of splices bars required.


A 3 steps process

  1. Cutting
    The end of the reinforcing bar is sawn square.
  2. Cold forging
    The sawn end of the reinforcing bar is then enlarged by a patented cold forging process. The core diameter of the bar is increased to a pre-determined diameter.
  3. Threading
    Finally, the thread is mechanically cut onto the enlarged end of the bar.


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Diaphragm wall –
Slabs rebar splice connections
Vertical cage connections
with Bartec rebar couplers
Column-beams connections
with Bartec rebar couplers
Continuation slab bars
connected to diaphragm wall

Splicing methods


Standard couplers
Easy connection by bar rotation until full thread engagement.
Parallel thread : No risk of thread mis-match.
No risk of cross-threading.

Position couplers
Even when both reinforcing bars cannot be turned, the Bartec system uses a standard Bartec coupler (exactly the same as used for type A) : The coupler is fully engaged onto the extended thread of the connecting bar. The assembly is simply completed by butting the bars end to end and screwing back the coupler onto the first bar until full engagement.

This assembly method is similar to Type B, with the addition of a lock-nut to maintain the second bar in position.

Caging Splice
If cages have not been pre-fabricated together or can’t be brought butt-to-butt, Bartec Caging Splice is your assembly solution. Both bars are threaded with a standard Bartec thread, then the free rotating elements of the Caging Splice will restore thread continuity and make the connection.

Transition couplers
When there is a need to splice bars of different sizes, it is allowable in most cases to reduce the size of the larger bar and to use a standard coupler.

However the Bartec system also proposes special transition couplers that conveniently avoid the difficult task of planning in advance the need of transitions

End anchors
A convenient alternative to hooked bars to provide end anchorages in congested areas. Bartec standard anchorage heads are circular and have a net bearing area of 4 times or 9 times the cross-section of the bar, but can also be made to order in other shapes or dimensions to fit the application requirement.

Weldable couplers
For composite construction where concrete reinforcement bars must be welded to structural steel, use Bartec weldable couplers, which are specially mad​e from low carbon steel and which have a large chamfer for bevel welding.

Some Major References

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Documentation about Bartec rebar couplers

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Designer files

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