Fibre reinforced polymer composite materials for civil and building structures - review of the ...


The development and use of fibre-reinforced polymers for civil and structural engineering applications in Japan, UK, Switzerland, Denmark, Canada and the US are reviewed. The fibre reinforcement is usually carbon, aramid or glass fibre, with a matrix of polyester, epoxy, vinyl ester, or phenol. Fibre optic monitoring facilities may be included. Applications include the strengthening and repair of existing structures, and in a limited number of cases, the construction of new structures. The upgrading of a number of existing bridges and the construction of new ones are described. 21 refs.

Primary author(s): Shanmuganathan S

Source: Struct.Eng.

             Vol.81, No.13, 2003, p.26-33




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