It is claimed that Japanese researchers have developed an intelligent structural material that would allow the determination of maximum stresses in a structure and could help warn of an impending collapse. The composite glass and carbon fiber material would replace steel reinforcement in concrete structures. The composite rebar is structured in such a way that as stress increases, more carbon fibers break. Because carbon conducts electrictiy, the maximum stress could be inferred by measuring the change in the electrical resistnance of a member. The glass fibers in the bar would actually carry the load. It is expected that the material would be useful for assessing damage sustained by lifeline structures during earthquakes, and that it could also be used in aircraft and machinery. More development work is expected.

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  • Publication Date: 1992-6-22

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  • Pagination: p. 14-15
  • Serial:
    • ENR
    • Volume: 228
    • Issue Number: 25
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0891-9526

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  • Accession Number: 00623716
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1992 12:00AM