Emerging High Performance Structural Plastic Technology

by Andrew Green, (M.ASCE), Pres.; Composite Technology, Inc., Fort Worth, Tex.,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-305-7 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-305-X (ISBN-10), 1982, Soft Cover, Pg. v, 79
22 cm
Conference information: A Session of ASCE Convention | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | April 26, 1982

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


Structural plastics have forced their growth by better performance over conventional materials in hostile environments. Demand by industry for increased life of process equipment and structures has increased the use of the materials by a factor of 1-1/2 times that of conventional materials in the past five years. This growth is the result of engineers seeking out new engineering materials with greater strength and stiffness for use in corrosive applications. Structural plastics have been in use in the aerospace industry for over 30 years, however their practical application in civil engineering has been limited. Information and data has been hard to find, which in turn limits expanded use of these materials. The papers presented here discuss applications of structural plastics with some history behind them, modern quality control methods, and current information on fire resistance of these organic materials to help demonstrate their practical application. The information covers areas of vital interest to the designer: static load carrying ability, stress rupture, fire resistance, and quality evaluation of the products. The evidence presented here of successful application should give the designer more confidence in selected material for life cycle considerations.

Subject Headings: Synthetic materials | Plastics | Fire resistance | Construction materials | Organic matter | Materials processing | Load and resistance factor design


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