Reinforced concrete design with FRP composites

Reinforced concrete design with FRP composites

Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites (the combination of two or more mate-
rials) have emerged as an evolutionary link in the development of new materials

from conventional materials. Used more often in the defense and aerospace indus-
tries, advanced composites are beginning to play the role of conventional materials

(commodities) used for load-bearing structural components for infrastructure appli-
cations. These unique materials are now being used worldwide for building new

structures as well as for rehabilitating in-service structures. Application of compos-
ites in infrastructural systems on a high-volume basis has come about as a result of

the many desirable characteristics of composites that are superior to those of con-
ventional materials such as steel, concrete, and wood.

The increased use of composites in thousands of applications — domestic,
industrial, commercial, medical, defense, and construction — has created a need for
knowledgeable professionals as well as specific literature dedicated to advancing
the theory and design of composites to provide a compendium of engineering
principles for structural applications in general and concrete structures in particular.

This book, Reinforced Concrete Design with FRP Composites, presents readers

with specific information needed for designing concrete structures with FRP rein-
forcement as a substitute for steel reinforcement and for using FRP fabrics to

strengthen concrete members. Separate chapters have been provided that discuss both

of these topics exhaustively, supplemented with many practical examples and fun-
damental theories of concrete member behavior under different loading conditions.

This book is self-contained in that it presents information needed for using FRP
composites along with concrete as a building material. It has been written as a
design-oriented text and presents in a simple manner the analysis, design, durability,

and serviceability of concrete members reinforced with FRP. Mechanics of compos-
ites and associated analysis involving differential equations have been intentionally

omitted from this book to keep it simple and easy to follow.


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