Development of High Strength Composite Cables

by Joseph M. Plecnik, California State Univ, United States,
A. Samad Hamoud, California State Univ, United States,
Craig Ballinger, California State Univ, United States,
John M. Plecnik, California State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Materials


Fiber reinforced composite materials offer significant advantages over conventional materials, for such factors as corrosion resistance, lighter weight, and higher strengths. These advantages have been exploited by many industries such as aircraft, aerospace, transportation, chemical, etc. The possible use of high strength composite cables is explored herein for variety of bridge applications including suspension and stayed bridge cables and tendons for concrete decks. A new type of end connection is presented which provides for excellent creep-relaxation and fatigue performance at working stress levels equivalent to high strength steel tendons.

Subject Headings: Cables | Fiber reinforced composites | Bridge decks | Composite materials | Steel bridges | Tendons | High-strength steel | Cable stayed bridges

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