21st Century Composites Require ASCE Standards and SDS

by Richard E. Chambers, Chambers Engineering P.C., St. Canton, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Plastics Composites for 21st Century Construction

Abstract: This paper describes the ASCE initiative and discusses the philosophy and needs for the structural design system (SDS) of which the standards will be a part. Our perspective is from the standpoint of a practicing consulting materials/structural engineer. Our intent is to acquaint both the practicing civil engineer, and engineers from the composites industry, with this development. Structural products under consideration include structural shapes, and prestressing tendons and reinforcing rods for concrete, and also plastics and composites pipe for other civil engineering applications where standards are not yet available. The effort should enhance the acceptance and proper application of fiber reinforced composites for upgrading our infrastructure in the 21st Century.

Subject Headings: Standards and codes | Composite materials | Consulting services | Structural design | Reinforced concrete | Fiber reinforced composites | Fiber reinforced concrete | Concrete structures | Structural systems | North America | South Dakota | United States

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