Advanced Composites in Bridge Construction and Repair
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Advanced Composites in Bridge Construction and Repair

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Preface to Advanced Composites in Bridge Construction and Repair

Advanced composites such as fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) are promising materials for civil infrastructure application.

Despite their relatively short history in research and implementation, signifi cant advances have been made over the last two decades.

Federal and municipal agencies now accept these non-conventional construction materials. Practitioners are eager to use them for their projects to improve the sustainability of constructed structural members.

The objective of this book, Advanced Composites in Bridge Construction and Repair , is to identify current scientific challenges facing the infrastructure community,

and to address them for the benefit of the general public, technically and socioeconomically.

A total of ten chapters have rigorously been reviewed and selected for publication.

The authors of each chapter are considered experts and leaders in the research community.

Technical contents include use of advanced composites for bridge construction and performance monitoring, prestressed FRP composites,

bond behavior of the composite–concrete interface, non-conventional composite honeycomb bridge decks and all composite superstructures, and repair of deteriorated bridges.

The emphasis of this book is placed on fundamental research issues and practical application on site. Advanced Composites in Bridge Construction and Repair provides critical information to practicing engineers, government officials, and academics.

There is no doubt that the compilation of the state-of-the-art technologies will advance our knowledge-oriented society, in particular constructed civil infrastructure.

The editor gratefully acknowledges Ms Emily Cole and Mr Francis Dodds at Woodhead Publishing for their tireless professional service.

Because of their high strength and low density, fi ber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials have been widely used in the aerospace and automotive industries since the middle of the last century.

FRP composites do not corrode in concrete in the way steel does. Goldsworthy (1954) predicted that FRP composites could be used as reinforcements in concrete and as structural members subject to corrosive environments.

Glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) rods were used first as reinforcements for concrete buildings.

Since the late 1980s, FRP rebars have been used more extensively in concrete structures, especially in highway bridge decks, because of their resistance to corrosion (Bank, 2006).

For the same reason, FRP composites have been used more and more widely when repairing and retrofitting deteriorated bridge superstructures, to reinforce bridge decks, girders and piles, and when replacing structural members (e.g. decks).

FRP materials are also increasingly being used in bridges because new manufacturing techniques have reduced their cost (Telang et al ., 2006). 

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