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Abstract

Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites offer great potential benefits for structural and civil applications. These include high strength-weight ratios, durability and good fatigue behaviour. However, in spite of this great potential, these materials are only now finding significant service in massive structural applications. This is mainly due to the low levels of confidence in designing main, load carrying, structural elements. This is due in great part to the limited familiarity of civil engineers and architects with FRPs both in terms of effective cost, design and manufacturing methods.

The research activities in this field can be divided into two areas, one of which is design and manufacture of main structural elements made from advanced composites, and the other is repair and retrofit of structurally degraded historical and modern buildings. .

Additional information

Authors: GUTI�RREZ E, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Safety, Informatics and Systems, Structural Mechanics Unit, Ispra (IT);MIERES ROYO J, NESCO, Madrid (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Newsletter of the European Society for Composite Materials (2000) pp. 6-7
Availability: Newsletter of the European Society for Composite Materials (Journal)
Record Number: 200012761 / Last updated on: 2000-09-19
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en