Evaluating the fire performance of FRP-strengthened concrete structures

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Journal titleConcrete Engineering International
IssueSummer 2
Pages4850; # of pages: 3
SubjectFibre-reinforced polymers (FRP); Fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP); Concrete
AbstractThe infrastructure of the developed world, essential for economic health and prosperity, is crumbling. Decades of neglect and overuse have resulted in unacceptable levels of deterioration to roads, buildings and bridges, and new materials and techniques are urgently needed for structural rehabilitation and strengthening. Fibre reinforced polymers (FRPs), which represent a new class of high-strength, non-corrosive, and lightweight structural rehabilitation and construction materials, have garnered significant research attention in recent years, and their effectiveness as externally-bonded repair materials for concrete is now widely recognized. Nevertheless, the high-temperature performance of FRP materials remains largely unknown, and this issue urgently needs addressing before FRP materials can be used with confidence in buildings and other structures where fire safety is a critical design consideration. Tragic events in recent years have demonstrated that design for fire safety is critically important for public safety. In addition, recent research gap analyses for the use of FRP materials in structural applications have identified fire performance as an area in which additional information is urgently required.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number47021
NPARC number20377316
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Record created2012-07-24
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