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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. So, the intention of this guide is 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).
Provisional programme and subject to change
14:30 Welcome and introduction – Sue Halliwell, Composites UK
14:40 The need for guidance – sharing knowledge and lessons learned
James Henderson, Atkins Ltd
15:00 Conceptual design – St Austell Footbridge case study
Jon Shave, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
15:20 Connection challenges
Toby Mottram, University of Warwick
15:40 Procurement, fabrication and installation
Simon Eves, Pipex
16:00 The future for FRP bridges in the rail sector
Rob Dean, Network Rail
16:15 The future for FRP bridges in the highways sector
Pier Valerio, Highways England
16:30 Case studies – 10 min each
- Lifespan Structures – Martin Richardson
- Optima Projects – David Kendall
Wednesday 21 November 2018
14:00 - 17:00 (registration from 13.30)
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London, EC1A 9PN
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