Testing of existing fibre reinforced polymer strengthened bridges: are we there yet?

For decades, transport agencies the world over have been facing challenges associated with increasing traffic loads on infrastructure not designed to withstand such loading. For example, in Australia the weight of "design" trucks increased from 20 tonnes in the 1940s to 160 tonnes in the 1990s. Governments and engineers continue to ask the age-old question, to repair or replace? We live in a world with finite resources: how we use them now will directly affect future generations. In a constantly changing society, where infrastructure futureproofing is required, remedial engineers strive to identify sustainable methods to improve the life span of existing structures and, where possible, avoid demolition and construction. This paper sets out to identify reliable methods of testing existing Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) strengthening works to enable asset owners to identify defects at an early stage to facilitate rehabilitation (as opposed to replacement).

Media Info

  • Pagination: 1029-1038
  • Monograph Title: WEC2019: World Engineers Convention, 20-22 November 2019, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 7

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01745493
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • ISBN: 9781925627251
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 17 2020 11:52AM