Description

The use of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials has had a dramatic impact on civil engineering techniques over the past three decades. FRPs are an ideal material for structural applications where high strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios are required. Developments in fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for civil engineering outlines the latest developments in fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites and their applications in civil engineering.

Part one outlines the general developments of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) use, reviewing recent advancements in the design and processing techniques of composite materials. Part two outlines particular types of fiber-reinforced polymers and covers their use in a wide range of civil engineering and structural applications, including their use in disaster-resistant buildings, strengthening steel structures and bridge superstructures.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Developments in fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for civil engineering is an essential text for researchers and engineers in the field of civil engineering and industries such as bridge and building construction.

Key Features

  • Outlines the latest developments in fiber-reinforced polymer composites and their applications in civil engineering
  • Reviews recent advancements in the design and processing techniques of composite materials
  • Covers the use of particular types of fiber-reinforced polymers in a wide range of civil engineering and structural applications

Readership

Civil, structural, mechanical engineers; Architects; Building contractors; Material scientists

Table of Contents

Contributor contact details

Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering

Introduction

Part I: General developments

Chapter 1: Types of fiber and fiber arrangement in fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Fibers

1.3 Fabrics

1.4 Composites

1.5 Future trends

1.6 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 2: Biofiber reinforced polymer composites for structural applications

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Reinforcing fibers

2.3 Drawbacks of biofibers

2.4 Modification of natural fibers

2.5 Matrices for biocomposites

2.6 Processing of biofiber-reinforced plastic composites

2.7 Performance of biocomposites

2.8 Future trends

2.9 Conclusion

Chapter 3: Advanced processing techniques for composite materials for structural applications

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Manual layup

3.3 Plate bonding

3.4 Preforming

3.5 Vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)

3.6 Pultruded composites

3.7 Automated fiber placement

3.8 Future trends

3.9 Sources of further information

Chapter 4: Vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) for external strengthening of structures

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 The limitations of hand layup techniques

4.3 Comparing hand layup and vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)

4.4 Analyzing load, strain, deflections, and failure modes

4.5 Flexural fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) wrapped beams

4.6 Shear and flexural fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) wrapped beams

4.7 Comparing hand layup and vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM): results and discussion

4.8 Case study: I-565 Highway bridge girder

4.9 Conclusion and future trends

Details

No. of pages:
558
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780857098955
Print ISBN:
9780857092342

About the editor

Nasim Uddin

Dr Nasim Uddin is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Alabama, USA