Design of concrete railing reinforced with glass fiber reinforced polymer bars

Fabio Matta, Antonio Nanni

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The use of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) reinforcement is a practical alternative to conventional steel rebars in concrete structures subjected to aggressive environments. The solution is attractive for bridge deck and rail applications, as it eliminates corrosion of the steel reinforcement, which is the major instrument of degradation. Due to the peculiar physical and mechanical characteristics of advanced composite materials, the design philosophy of FRP reinforced concrete (RC) structures differs from that of traditional RC. This paper introduces a systematic approach adopted for the structural and functional design of an open-post bridge railing reinforced with Glass FRP bars (GFRP) as compared to steel RC counterparts, according to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. Design examples, accounting for different gap opening length and rail beam reinforcement, and based on the experimental static response of full-scale post/deck connections, are finally presented and discussed. Copyright ASCE 2006.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Structures Congress and Exposition
StatePublished - Dec 28 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventStructures Congress 2006 - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: May 18 2006May 21 2006


OtherStructures Congress 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Louis, MO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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