Structural Plastics for the 80s

by Allen Morrison, Asst. Ed.; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 8, Pg. 58-61

Document Type: Feature article


Engineers in non-civil fields have been using more and more light-weight, high-strength structural plastics and plastic composites every year, but civil engineers have barely begun to take advantage of them. The different kinds of plastics are reviewed, as are some of the wide-ranging structural uses to which these versatile materials are being put, including: automobile and aircraft parts, bridges, roof members, and polymer concretes. A box describes the progress of ASCE's Structural Plastics Research Council in publishing three design manuals for the use of structural plastics. Illustrations are included.

Subject Headings: Synthetic materials | Plastics | Roofs | Polymer | Plastic design | Construction materials | Concrete bridges

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