Guides and specifications for the use of composites in concrete and masonry construction in North America

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Abstract

This paper covers the latest developments in the preparation of design guidelines, construction specifications, and inspection and quality control recommendations related to the use of composites in construction. The forms of FRP composites addressed are limited to bars and laminates for reinforcement of concrete and masonry structures (new construction and repair/rehabilitation). FRP bars are being used as the internal reinforcement in concrete members when the conventional steel bars may be undesirable for a host of reasons (e.g., corrosion), and principles for design and construction have been established and proposed to industry by the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Conversely, strengthening of concrete members with externally bonded FRP composites in the form of laminates or near surface mounted (NSM) bars can now be considered an "acceptable practice". Also in this case, the design and construction principles for use in practice are being finalized by ACI. The drivers for FRP strengthening technology are several, but perhaps the most relevant one is the ease of installation. On the wave of historical structures restoration projects conducted in Europe, there is an increasing interest in masonry-type applications even though no institution-sanctioned guidelines are available at present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComposites in Construction
Subtitle of host publicationA reality
EditorsE. Cosenza, G. Manfredi, A. Nanni, E. Cosenza, G. Manfredi, A. Nanni
Pages9-18
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the International Workshop on: Composites in Construction: A reality - Capri, Italy
Duration: Jul 20 2001Jul 21 2001

Publication series

NameComposites in Construction: A reality

Other

OtherProceedings of the International Workshop on: Composites in Construction: A reality
CountryItaly
CityCapri
Period7/20/017/21/01

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Nanni, A. (2001). Guides and specifications for the use of composites in concrete and masonry construction in North America. In E. Cosenza, G. Manfredi, A. Nanni, E. Cosenza, G. Manfredi, & A. Nanni (Eds.), Composites in Construction: A reality (pp. 9-18). (Composites in Construction: A reality).