Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are relatively new compared to traditional building materials. These composites combine small diameter fibers and polymer matrices at the microscopic level to produce a synergistic material.
FRP composites have been considered for aerospace applications since their use in rocket motor casings inthemid-1950s (Ouellete, Hoa, and Sankar 1986). Because of their light weight and design versatility, they have since been employed in structural systems for aerospace, automotive, marine, offshore drilling, and civil engineering applications, in addition to sporting goods such as ski equipment, commercial boats, golf clubs, and tennis rackets (Jones 1975; Gibson 1994; ACI 440R-96 1996).
About the Book
The writing of this book was prompted by the lack of detailed text book descriptions of reinforcing design of reinforced concrete members with fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP), despite the fact that many research documents and practical examples have been reported since 1987.
This is due to the lack of detailed textbook descriptions on the reinforcement design of reinforced concrete members using FRP, despite the fact that many research literature and practical examples have been submitted since 1987.
Rein forcing concrete members with glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) was attempted twice in Europe and the United States during the 1950s and 1960s, but the technology was not successfully applied until 1987, when Ul Meyer reinforced concrete beams with carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) laminates The technology was never successfully applied.
The textbook evolved from thorough course notes prepared for a graduate course on “Reinforcing Design of Reinforced Concrete Members with FRP” at Kansas State University in the spring of 2012. The course was widely attended by 18 advanced, master’s, and doctoral students from across the university, as well as five distance learning students consisting of practicing engineers pursuing master’s degrees. The course included four sets of detailed homework assignments, two end-of-semester exams, and a research and development project.
Despite the wide range of topics covered in the course, including material characterization, bending reinforce men to f beams and slabs, shear reinforcement of beams, restraint reinforcement of columns, as well as installation and testing of FRP as an external bond (EB) or near-surface installation (NSM) composite system to concrete members….