21st Century Composites Require ASCE Standards and SDS

by Richard E. Chambers, Chambers Engineering P.C., St. Canton, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Plastics Composites for 21st Century Construction


This paper describes the ASCE initiative and discusses the philosophy and needs for the structural design system (SDS) of which the standards will be a part. Our perspective is from the standpoint of a practicing consulting materials/structural engineer. Our intent is to acquaint both the practicing civil engineer, and engineers from the composites industry, with this development. Structural products under consideration include structural shapes, and prestressing tendons and reinforcing rods for concrete, and also plastics and composites pipe for other civil engineering applications where standards are not yet available. The effort should enhance the acceptance and proper application of fiber reinforced composites for upgrading our infrastructure in the 21st Century.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Composite materials | Reinforced concrete | Composite structures | Industries | Prestressing | Tendons | Rods | South Dakota | United States

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