Design of Plastics Structural Components: Proposed ASCE Manual

by Frank J. Heger, (F.ASCE), Principal; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., Consulting Engrs., Cambridge, Mass.,
Albert G.H. Dietz, (F.ASCE), Prof. Emeritus; Dept. of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, Mass.,
Richard E. Chambers, (M.ASCE), Sr. Assoc.; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., Consulting Engrs., Cambridge, Mass.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 2, Pg. 429-450

Document Type: Journal Paper


The content of the first four chapters of a forthcoming ASCE Engineering Manual for the Design of Plastics Structural Components is summarized and the scope of the entire Manual is presented in outline form. The manual will assist the engineer in designing plastics for structural applications. The first four chapters cover a summary of principal engineering plastics, reinforced plastics/composites, high-pressure laminates, and polymer concretes and their typical structural properties, descriptions of the more important fabrication processes, and their influence on design of structural components, a detailed consideration of mechanical behavior of plastics and composites and the structural criteria that are needed for design with these materials, and, finally, an exposition of overall design considerations that are particularly relevant to these materials. The concepts of viscoelastic and anisotropic structural behavior are introduced. The importance of considering effects of load duration and environmental exposure are explained.

Subject Headings: Structural behavior | Plastic design | Laminated materials | Structural members | Plastics | Construction materials | Polymer | Reinforced concrete

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