Characterization of Mechanical Properties of Composite Materials for Infrastructure Projects

Composite materials offer engineers many advantages that are especially appealing for infrastructure projects. Light weight, durability in harsh environments, and high tensile strengths are just a few examples of why the use of composite materials in infrastructure projects has increased in recent years. Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) is the most commonly used form of composites, in which fibers are embedded in a resin material to form the final product. FRP is used in new projects in the form of all composite components (e.g. bridge decks) or as internal reinforcement (e.g. reinforcing bars) in concrete projects. They are also extensively used for strengthening ailing existing structures in the form of externally bonded sheets, laminates, or strips. Despite their success in infrastructure applications, composite materials are still considered relatively new compared to traditional materials such as concrete and steel. As a result, the state-of-the-art is still in the stage of code development. Several methods for characterization of composite materials properties have been published from research efforts all over the world. In this project, it is proposed that methods for estimating the mechanical properties of composite materials; one of the most important aspects in design, be investigated. The goal is to provide designers with values based on high levels of confidence that will positively reflect on the development of any design provisions.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Louisiana State University and A&M College

    202 Himes Hall
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
  • Principal Investigators:

    Okeil, Ayman

  • Start Date: 20130101
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 34184

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  • Accession Number: 01481235
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency
  • Contract Numbers: 127155160
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: May 14 2013 1:00AM