Fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) beam sections, produced by the pultrusion process for load-bearing structural engineering applications, are manufactured by a number of U.S. companies. For design purposes both stiffness and strength properties of these structural members are required. The shear stiffness of pultruded FRP beams is considered in this paper. A new material/structural stiffness property, called the beam section shear modulus, is proposed. Using the beam section shear modulus, a procedure is presented to account for the effects of shear deformation on the response of FRP beams. Results of an experimental program conducted to obtain the section shear modulus for a variety of commercially produced FRP beams are reported. Values of the section flexural modulus for FRP beams are also given. The analysis of a rigid portal frame structure is presented to demonstrate the influence of the beam section stiffness properties on frame deflections and forces.

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 117-124
  • Monograph Title: Bridge design and performance and composite materials
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  • Accession Number: 00494751
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309048206
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1990 12:00AM