Pultruded Composites: Materials for the 21st Century

by Ayman S. Mosallam, The George Washington Univ, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Plastics Composites for 21st Century Construction


The main objective of this paper is to introduce pultruded composites to the civil engineers and to create the awareness of its important applications. A description of the pultrusion process, material composition, and the different mechanical properties of PFRP composites are presented. Some of the civil engineering applications where pultruded composites are considered superior systems are described. The paper describes also the structural behavior of commercially produced pultruded shapes which includes both the weakness and the recommendations for increasing the structural capacity of Pultruded fiber reinforced plastics open-web profiles. A review of the research work on the performance of PFRP frame connections, creep behavior, and the dynamic response of these materials is presented.

Subject Headings: Composite materials | Pultrusion | Material properties | Structural behavior | Fiber reinforced composites | Fiber reinforced polymer | Dynamic response | Materials processing

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