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This report has been prepared by the members of Working Group 7 of the COST C1 initiative on polymeric composite structures with the objective of reviewing the different types of fibre-reinforced polymer composite connection used in civil engineering. The state-of-the-art is presented with particular emphasis on connections between members made of fibre-reinforced plastic and because of their increasing importance in practice, on connections between fibre-reinforced plastics and conventional structural materials (eg reinforced concrete). This state-of-the-art report covers a wide range of connection types and, where appropriate, emphasises the following aspects:

- Connection types in terms of their design and construction;
- Preferred jointing methods and/or further research required to establish them;
- Test methods to determine the structural performance of connections;
- Methods of analysis for joint design;
- Details of geometrical arrangements for preferred jointing methods;
- Semi-rigid behaviour of connection types;
- Case studies;
- Source references on design, analysis, testing and applications.

Additional information

Authors: MOTTRAM J T, University of Warwick (GB);TURVEY G J (EDITORS), University of Lancaster (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18172 EN (1998) 99pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the DG XII, Documentation Centre, European Commission, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE), Fax: +32-2-2969823
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-2933-2
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