Strengthening Design of Reinforced Concrete with FRP

Strengthening Design of Reinforced Concrete with FRP

The idea of writing this book emerged from a lack of detailed textbook treatments
on strengthening design of reinforced concrete members with fiber-reinforced polymer
(FRP) despite the large volume of research literature and practical applications
that have been contributed since 1987. Even though two attempts to use glass-fiberreinforced
polymer (GFRP) to strengthen concrete members were made in Europe
and the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, the technique wasn’t successfully
applied until 1987, when Ur Meier first strengthened concrete beams with carbonfiber-
reinforced-polymer (CFRP) laminates.


Knowledge in the area of FRP strengthening has matured, culminating with
the introduction of specific design guidelines in Canada (ISIS Canada 2001),
Europe (FIB Task Group 9.3 2001), and the United States (ACI 440.2R-02), the
latter of which was significantly improved after six years in 2008 (ACI 440.2R-
08). Today’s structural engineer is entitled to a detailed textbook that establishes
the art and science of strengthening design of reinforced concrete with
FRP beyond the abstract nature of design guidelines. ACI 440.2R-08 provides
better guidance than what is typically provided in codes of practice through its
“design example” sections. Nevertheless, a textbook that treats the subject of FRP
strengthening design with more depth is really needed to introduce it to the civil
engineering curriculum.

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