The adoption of FRP composites within the construction sector has historically been limited to lightweight non-structural elements such as sanitary items and cladding. More recently, the use of FRP composites as main structural members has seen a resurgence. Bridges made entirely of FRP composite are now being installed, with asset owners recognising the associated benefits.
Within the UK the projected growth in the use of FRP composites for structural applications in the construction sector suggests high levels of growth with the UK Composites Strategy 2016 (Composite Leadership Forum, 2016) estimating significant growth. In addition to this, there are numerous technological advancements (eg nanotechnology/fibre innovations) that will make FRP composites a much more attractive solution.
At present, there are minimal resources for the bridge engineer to refer to, with no recognised design standards to follow. However, structural Eurocodes are in development and there are a number of guides from materials manufacturers. New industry guidance has been released to help bridge engineers to understand FRP materials and how they can use them effectively in modern bridge construction.
Within the guide, the history of FRP bridges in the UK is discussed, together with some of the key learning points relating to FRP materials, the manufacturing process and the relevant design criteria. Sustainability is also an area identified, with recommendations made. The guide is intended to be a reference document for bridge engineers and asset owners. It is not a prescriptive design text/standard, although it does aim to highlight key lessons learnt by the industry to aid future applications, so engineers should be familiar with the content, and use the guide to help inform discussions with the supply chain and bridge owners.
Download a free copy of Fibre-reinforced polymer bridges (C779).
CIRIA's new guide is intended to be a reference document for bridge engineers and asset owners. It is not a prescriptive design text/standard, although it does aim to highlight key lessons learnt by the industry to aid future applications, so engineers should be familiar with the content, and use the guide to help inform discussions with the supply chain and bridge owners.
Delegates at this event will:
- Learn about CIRIA's new guidance on Fibre Reinforced Polymer Bridges
- Hear updates about future use of FRP bridges across industry
- Share knowledge and best practice
14:00 Welcome and introduction
Sue Halliwell, Composites UK
14:10 The need for guidance - sharing knowledge and lessons learned
James Henderson, Atkins
14:30 Why FRP Bridges - Pro’s & Con’s’
Lee Canning, Jacobs
14:50 Procurement Best Practice of FRP Bridges
Martin Halpin, Delft Infra Composites
15:10 How FRP materials helped to build the Pont-y-Ddraig footbridge
and the Temporary Mataf elevated walkway
Dr Mark Hobbs, Premier Composite Technologies Ltd
15:30 The future of FRP bridges in the rail sector
Rob Dean, Network Rail
15:45 The future of FRP bridges in the highways sector
Francis McKeown, Highways England
16:00 Case studies (10 mins)
- Lifespan structures - John Drewett
- ECS Engineering Services Ltd - Steve Crapper
This event is hosted by Jacobs
Who should attend?
Bridge design engineers, asset owners and those interested in the development and use of fibre reinforced polymers
Tuesday 26 February 2019
14:00 - 17:00
Free for CIRIA members
£95+VAT for all other attendees
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