This paper reviews the use of advanced fibre composites as replacements for steel in reinforced concrete structures, emphasises the work of the Eurocrete programme, and gives some examples of applications to date. Fibre composites have been most widely used in concrete structures for prestressing, for example in several bridges in Europe and North America. Fibre has also been used to reinforce shotcrete tunnel linings in Japan. Eurocrete is a large collaborative European research programme to develop embedded fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) reinforcement for concrete. The paper describes its bond and shear failure, stress level, and durability tests on reinforced concrete beams. The design, protection against fire, repair, strengthening, and composite construction of reinforced concrete elements are also discussed. The use of fibre composite materials for reinforcement has been shown to offer a viable alternative to steel, with potential applications to structures in aggressive environments where steel reinforcements would probably be corroded. Although some aspects of the new approach still need further research, the authors hope that designers will consider trial structures, which will lead to a better understanding of the long-term behaviour of the new type of reinforcement.

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  • Authors:
    • CLARKE, J L
    • Waldron, P
  • Publication Date: 1996-9-3


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 283-8
  • Serial:
    • Structural Engineer
    • Volume: 74
    • Issue Number: 17
    • Publisher: Institution of Structural Engineers
    • ISSN: 1466-5123

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  • Accession Number: 00729852
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 26 1996 12:00AM