Advanced composite materials for prestressed concrete bridge girders

Advanced composite materials, specifically fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs) from carbon, glass or aramid, have a wide range of application in current civil engineering practice. Particularly, their use as reinforcing bars or prestressing tendons in reinforced concrete structures is quite promising. However, inherent characteristic differences compared to traditional steel reinforcement entail a different treatment of these materials compared to steel. As a matter of fact, the lack of comprehensive design specifications hinders the advancement of this emerging field. In this paper, available literature related to CFRP prestressed concrete bridges are reviewed and all relevant information from available sources is synthesized. A database of experimental studies conducted so far with details of testing programs is compiled and the gaps related to design of CFRP prestressed concrete bridge beams are identified. Available relevant design guidelines from all around the world with a focus on North American expertise are reviewed and summarized to form the basis for drafting a dedicated guide specification for CFRP prestressed bridge beams.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01530700
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 23 2014 12:54PM