New frontiers for the use of FRP reinforcement in geometrically complex concrete structures

Saverio Spadea, John Orr, Antonio Nanni

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Abstract

The development of flexible formwork has made it possible to cast optimised geometrically complex and thin walled reinforced concrete structures. At the same time, advanced composite materials offer the opportunity to solve the problem of steel corrosion, which can affect aging of concrete structures. With the goal of achieving sustainable design, being able to combine optimised geometries with durable construction materials is a major challenge for civil engineering.

New research at the University of Bath and the University of Miami aims to completely replace internal steel reinforcement in geometrically complex concrete structures with durable and ready-to-use cages made of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement. By fabricating the reinforcement in the desired geometry, it will be possible to provide the required strength exactly where needed, thereby reducing the amount of concrete required to resist internal forces and capitalizing on the extraordinary possibilities offered by both concrete and FRP construction materials.

The design of such optimized elements and the automated process of manufacturing the Wound FRP (W-FRP) reinforcement are presented in this paper.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publication8th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE), 2016
EditorsJin-Guang Teng, Jian-Guo Dai
Place of PublicationHong Kong, China
PublisherHong Kong Polytechnic University
StatusPublished - Dec 2016

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Concrete construction
Reinforcement
Fibers
Polymers
Concretes
Steel corrosion
Geometry
Civil engineering
Reinforced concrete
Aging of materials
Steel
Composite materials

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Spadea, S., Orr, J., & Nanni, A. (2016). New frontiers for the use of FRP reinforcement in geometrically complex concrete structures. In J-G. Teng, & J-G. Dai (Eds.), 8th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE), 2016 Hong Kong, China : Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

New frontiers for the use of FRP reinforcement in geometrically complex concrete structures. / Spadea, Saverio; Orr, John; Nanni, Antonio.

8th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE), 2016. ed. / Jin-Guang Teng; Jian-Guo Dai. Hong Kong, China : Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2016.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Spadea, S, Orr, J & Nanni, A 2016, New frontiers for the use of FRP reinforcement in geometrically complex concrete structures. in J-G Teng & J-G Dai (eds), 8th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE), 2016. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China .
Spadea S, Orr J, Nanni A. New frontiers for the use of FRP reinforcement in geometrically complex concrete structures. In Teng J-G, Dai J-G, editors, 8th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE), 2016. Hong Kong, China : Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 2016
Spadea, Saverio ; Orr, John ; Nanni, Antonio. / New frontiers for the use of FRP reinforcement in geometrically complex concrete structures. 8th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE), 2016. editor / Jin-Guang Teng ; Jian-Guo Dai. Hong Kong, China : Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2016.
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