New Report on FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Structures

08 January 2008

An American Concrete Institute (ACI report on fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement for concrete structures could help broaden markets for composites use.

The new publication, ACI 440-R-07: Report on Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Reinforcement for Concrete Structures, is written and published by the ACI Committee 440, Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement.

The report summarizes current knowledge about internal FRP reinforcement (rebar), externally bonded FRP reinforcement for strengthening, pre-stressed FRP reinforcement (tendons), and test methods for FRP materials and products. The report provides an overview of design guidelines for FRP products and their application to concrete and masonry structures.

“This document is a great tool for the composites industry when meeting new customers not familiar with FRP composites,” said John Busel, ACMA’s Director of Composites Growth Initiative, and Chairman of the ACI Committee 440. “Customers will appreciate the fact that if composites are accepted in the concrete industry, then they must be good materials to consider in any new job.”

Applications of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites as reinforcement for concrete structures have been growing rapidly in recent years. In addition to the material properties of the constituent materials (that is, resins and fibres) and products, current knowledge of FRP applications, such as internal reinforcement including pre-stressing, external strengthening of concrete and masonry structures, and structural systems, is discussed in detail. The publication also addresses durability issues and the effects of extreme events, such as fire and blast. This publication is available from NetComposites’ bookstore at the link below:

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