Under the auspices of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) International Technology Scanning Program, a team of thirteen U.S. bridge engineers and advanced composites experts from government and state transportation agencies, academia and industry conducted a two week scanning tour to assess the state of technology in the use of advanced composite materials, known as FRPs (Fiber Reinforced Polymers) or PMCs (Polymer Matrix Composites), in bridge design and construction in Europe and Japan. The scanning tour covered four countries, namely the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan with visits to 23 project sites, one manufacturing site, and five workshops, to provide an overview of the developments and applications of PMCs in bridge engineering. The scanning tour objectives were to: (1) evaluate the performance of PMCs in the civil engineering environment for new bridges and for the rehabilitation of existing structures; (2) gain an understanding of all issues involved in selecting and applying PMCs to bridges, ranging from technical specification to proof testing and performance monitoring; (3) learn about project implementations in the areas of design, construction and project management; (4) summarize the findings in a comprehensive report for the benefit of the U.S. bridge engineering community; and (5) assist in accelerating the acceptance and implementation of PMCs in the U.S. bridge industry.

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    University of Arizona, Tucson

    Drachman Institute, 819 E First Street
    Tucson, AZ  United States  85721

    University of Arizona, Tucson

    Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
    1209 E 2nd Street
    Tucson, AZ  United States  85721-0072

    University of Arizona, Tucson

    Transportation and Traffic Institute
    Tucson, AZ  United States  85721
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    • Seible, F
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  • Publication Date: 1998-1


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 605-636
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 2

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  • Accession Number: 00764846
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 189074302X
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 10 1999 12:00AM