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Durability Gap Analysis for Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites in Civil Infrastructure.


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Karbhari, V. M.; Chin, J. W.; Hunston, D.; Benmokrane, B.; Juska, T.; Morgan, R.; Lesko, J. J.; Sorathia, U.; Reynaud, D.

Journal of Composites for Construction, Vol. 73, 238-247, August 2003.

Keywords:

polymers; composite materials; civil engineering; shear strength; durability

Abstract:

The lack of a comprehensive, validated, and easily accessible data base for the durability of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites as related to civil infrastructure applications has been identified as a critical barrier to widespread acceptance of these materials by structural designers and civil engineers. This concern is emphasized since the structures of interest are primarily load bearing and are expected to remain in service over extended periods of time without significant inspection or maintenance. This paper presents a synopsis of a gap analysis study undertaken under the aegis of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation and the Federal Highway Administration to identify and prioritize critical gaps in durability data. The study focuses on the use of FRP in internal reinforcement, external strengthening, seismic retrofit, bridge decks, structural profiles, and panels. Environments of interest are moisture/solution, alkalinity, creep/relaxation, fatigue, fire, thermal effects (including freeze-thaw), and ultraviolet exposure.