Composite Materials as Concrete Reinforcement in the Next Decade

by Salem S. Faza, West Virginia Univ, Morgantown, United States,
Hota V. S. GangaRao, West Virginia Univ, Morgantown, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Plastics Composites for 21st Century Construction


Polymer matrix composites (PMCs) are researched for possible implementation in the construction industry. A number of factors affect the widespread use of FRP composites in the civil engineering construction. Recognizing that composite rebars in concrete cannot be designed as steel rebars, the Constructed Facilities Center (CFC) through an extensive research effort on concrete beams and decks reinforced with fiber reinforced plastic rebars (FRP), has developed design equations, charts, and tables for concrete reinforced with FRP rebars. This paper summarizes the recent developments in the use of fiber reinforced plastics bars as reinforcing elements in concrete.

Subject Headings: Fiber reinforced concrete | Fiber reinforced polymer | Fiber reinforced composites | Composite materials | Reinforced concrete | Synthetic materials | Reinforcing steel

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