Reinforced Concrete Design with FRP Composites by Hata GangaRao, Narendra Taly and P. Vijay
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Reinforced Concrete Design with FRP Composites by Hata GangaRao, Narendra Taly and P. Vijay


Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites (the combination of two or more materials) have emerged as an evolutionary link in the development of new materials from conventional materials. Used more often in the defense and aerospace industries, advanced composites are beginning to play the role of conventional materials (commodities) used for load-bearing structural components for infrastructure applications. These unique materials are now being used worldwide for building new structures as well as for rehabilitating in-service structures.

Application of composites 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 conventional 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. A rich body of literature — texts and handbooks — exists on composites, such as the manufacturing of composites and the analysis and design of composite lamina based on laminated plate theory.

 In spite of considerable work that has been carried out over the past 50 years, notably in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and several European countries involving concrete and composites, literature in the form of comprehensive texts that can be practically used for composites in conjunction with concrete construction is sparse.

This book, Reinforced Concrete Design with FRP Composites, presents readers with specific information needed for designing concrete structures with FRP reinforcement 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 fundamental 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 composites and associated analysis involving differential equations have been intentionally omitted from this book to keep it simple and easy to follow. An extensive glossary of terms has been provided following Chapter 8 for the readers’ quick reference.

The idea of writing this book evolved in 1996 while all three authors were attending the Second International Conference on Advanced Composite Materials for Bridges and Structures in Montreal, Canada. Since then, the authors have focused on preparing a state-of-the-art book on analysis and design of concrete members with fiber reinforced polymer reinforcement (bars and fabrics). The material presented in this book is extensively referenced, and based on the authors’ extensive research experience of many years and the knowledge-base developed at the Constructed Facilities Center of West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.

In addition to the theory of design of concrete members with FRP bars and fabrics, this book presents an in-depth discussion of the analysis and design approaches recommended by the ACI Committee 440 guide documents. This book is intended to serve as a text for adoption in colleges and universities teaching a course in concrete design using FRP reinforcement, both as internal reinforcement (as a substitute for steel reinforcement) and as external reinforcement for strengthening concrete members.

The authors hope that it will serve as a good resource for practical design, construction, and as a rehabilitation guide for practicing engineers. Great care has been exercised in organizing and presenting the material in this book; however, readers may inevitably find some controversial ideas and even a few errors. The authors would be grateful to readers for communicating with them any controversies or errors that they might find, and welcome any suggestions or comments offered to enhance the usefulness of this book.

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