FRP rebar was first commercialized as an internal reinforcement material for concrete structures in the late 1980s, when the market demand for electromagnetic transparent (and thus nonferrous) rebar increased.
Plain concrete is strong in compression but weak in tension. For this reason, it was originally used for simple, massive structures such as foundations, piers, and heavy walls; in the late19th century, designers and builders began to develop techniques for embedding rebar in concrete members to increase their resistance to tensile stresses.
This pioneering work resulted in what we now call reinforced concrete (RC). Until a few decades ago, rebar was virtually the only option for reinforcing concrete structures. The combination of rebar and concrete has mutual benefits. Rebar provides the ability to resist tensile stress. Concrete resists compression well and, as a result of its alkalinity, provides a high degree of protection against corrosion of the rebar.
About the Book
This book is primarily intended for practitioners and focuses on the ACI technical literature covering the fundamentals of performance and design of concrete members with FRP reinforcement and the details of reinforcement.
Graduate students and researchers can use this valuable resource to guide their research and creative activities. The book deals only with FRP reinforcement that is not internally pre stressed, and excludes applications of pre stressing or near-surface attachment of reinforcement. It is assumed that the reader is already familiar with concrete as a material and reinforced concrete as a construction technique (i.e., fabrication, analysis, and design).
The book is divided into parts that follow the typical approach of conventional reinforced concrete design.
The conception of this book began many years ago with university students and industry colleagues with the aim of promoting the implementation of FRP reinforcement in construction sites and disseminating the experience gained in laboratory and numerous field applications. Among the many people who have contributed directly or indirectly, we would like to especially thank the following: Doug Gremel, Fabio Matta, and Rena to Paletti.