Muscle Made of Carbon Fiber

by Alexander M. Vaysburd, P.E., (M.ASCE), Dir. of Res. and Devel.; Structural Preservation Systems, Inc., Baltimore, MD,
Peter H. Emmons, Pres.; Structural Preservation Systems, Inc., Baltimore, MD,
Jay Thomas, Vice Pres. of Sales; Structural Preservation Systems, Inc., Baltimore, MD,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 1, Pg. 60-61


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) extends service life and increases load-bearing capacity when applied to concrete structures. CFRP is less expensive than traditional strengthening options, such as steel plates, because it requires less time and manpower to install and is resistant to corrosion. Although guidelines for using CFRP exist already in Japan and Canada, the United States has not yet offered similar guidelines.

Subject Headings: Carbon | Fiber reinforced plastics | Load bearing capacity | Reinforced concrete | Service life

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