FRP Reinforcement for Concrete: Performance Assessment and New Construction

This project relates to the use fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) as internal reinforcement of concrete bridge structures and has two primary objectives: (a) To extract samples of FRP reinforcement from concrete structures in service and perform on such samples a battery of tests including structural equation modeling (SEM), EDX Short Beam Shear and Tg. Based on the outcomes of these tests, it will be possible to establish the potential aging and degradation of FRP reinforcement subject to service conditions under different environments and states of stress for various number of years. (b) To demonstrate the capabilities of FRP reinforcement in all elements (including substructure and superstructure) of a pedestrian bridge scheduled for construction at University of Miami (UM). This concrete bridge would be the first worldwide to completely eliminate steel reinforcement in auger-cast piles, pile caps, precast-prestressed concrete girders and deck. Sixteen sensors (i.e., vibrating wire gages) will be installed in strands, reinforcement and concrete to monitor the performance of the structure over time.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:


    Rolla, MO  United States  65409
  • Managing Organizations:


    Rolla, MO  United States  65409
  • Performing Organizations:


    Rolla, MO  United States  65409
  • Principal Investigators:

    Nanni, Antonio

  • Start Date: 20151001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01602508
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC45
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2016 10:19AM