Quality Check

by Gregg J. Blaszak, P.E., Pres.; BG Int., LC, Riderwood, MD,
Richard Bohner, Principal; Richard Bohner and Assocs., Hermosa Beach, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2000, Vol. 70, Issue 11, Pg. 58-61

Document Type: Feature article


Composite materials, also known as fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs), have traditionally been reserved for aerospace engineering applications because of their high cost. FRPs' unique combination of high strength and stiffness with light weight and corrosion resistance also makes them economical for repair and rehabilitation of concrete and masonry structures, but because the material is so new, it can be difficult to judge if owners are getting what they pay for. Several organizations are working toward a nationally recognized standard for FRP inspections, but quality control can already be practiced by following the guidelines outlined in this article.

Subject Headings: Fiber reinforced polymer | Synthetic materials | Rehabilitation | Fiber reinforced composites | Composite materials | Strength of materials | Stiffening

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