Rehabilitation of Metallic Civil Infrastructure Using Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites

1st Edition

Types Properties and Testing Methods

Editors: Vistasp M. Karbhari
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857096531
eBook ISBN: 9780857096654
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 7th March 2014
Page Count: 464
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Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Contributor contact details
  • Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Preface
  • Part I: Introduction and overview

    • Chapter 1: Rehabilitation of metallic civil infrastructure using fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites: a materials and systems overview at the adhesive bond level

      • Abstract:
      • 1.1 Introduction
      • 1.2 Overall considerations
      • 1.3 Understanding adhesive bonds
      • 1.4 Bond level considerations
      • 1.5 Summary and conclusion
    • Chapter 2: Repair of metallic airframe components using fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites

      • Abstract:
      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Metallic airframe components
      • 2.3 Key issues in repair
      • 2.4 The use of adhesively bonded patch repairs
      • 2.5 Composite materials and adhesives for bonded patch repairs
      • 2.6 Application technologies and non-destructive inspection of bonded repairs
      • 2.7 Design and modelling of bonded composite repairs
      • 2.8 Certification of repairs to primary structures
      • 2.9 Validation of certified repairs
      • 2.10 Case studies
      • 2.11 Conclusion: limitations and lessons learnt
      • 2.12 Acknowledgement
    • Chapter 3: Finite element modelling of adhesive bonds joining fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites to steel

      • Abstract:
      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Behaviour of adhesive joints
      • 3.3 Analysis of adhesive joints
      • 3.4 Singular stress fields
      • 3.5 Strain distribution in adhesive joints
      • 3.6 The contribution of the finite element method in the analysis of geometrically modified adhesive joints
      • 3.7 Conclusion
    • Chapter 4: Durability of steel components strengthened with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites

      • Abstract:
      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Basic degradation mechan


Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are becoming increasingly popular as a material for rehabilitating aging and damaged structures. Rehabilitation of Metallic Civil Infrastructure Using Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites explores the use of fiber-reinforced composites for enhancing the stability and extending the life of metallic infrastructure such as bridges.

Part I provides an overview of materials and repair, encompassing topics of joining steel to FRP composites, finite element modeling, and durability issues. Part II discusses the use of FRP composites to repair steel components, focusing on thin-walled (hollow) steel sections, steel tension members, and cracked aluminum components. Building on Part II, the third part of the book reviews the fatigue life of strengthened components. Finally, Part IV covers the use of FRP composites to rehabilitate different types of metallic infrastructure, with chapters on bridges, historical metallic structures and other types of metallic infrastructure.

Rehabilitation of Metallic Civil Infrastructure Using Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites represents a standard reference for engineers and designers in infrastructure and fiber-reinforced polymer areas and manufacturers in the infrastructure industry, as well as academics and researchers in the field.

Key Features

  • Looks at the use of FRP composites to repair components such as hollow steel sections and steel tension members
  • Considers ways of assessing the durability and fatigue life of components
  • Reviews applications of FRP to infrastructure such as steel bridges


Engineers and designers in infrastructure and fiber reinforced polymer areas; Manufacturers in the infrastructure industry


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About the Editors

Vistasp M. Karbhari Editor

Vistasp M. Karbhari is President of the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. Professor Karbhari has an international reputation for his research on the use of composites in civil engineering.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Texas at Arlington, TX, USA