Strengthening of a reinforced concrete bridge with externally bonded steel reinforced polymer (SRP)

Alexis Lopez, Nestore Galati, Tarek Alkhrdaji, Antonio Nanni

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This paper introduces steel reinforced polymer (SRP) as a way to strengthen civil structures. This technique consists of cords formed by interwoven high-strength steel wires embedded within a polymeric resin. A comprehensive study addressing analysis, design, installation, load rating and monitoring of a bridge strengthened with this technology is reported. The SRP system was easily installed, demonstrating its similarity to more traditional fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthening techniques. Load tests were performed to evaluate the bridge structural behavior prior and after the strengthening in accordance with AASHTO specifications, showing that the rehabilitation performed as predicted and therefore created the possibility to remove the bridge load posting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-436
Number of pages8
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007
Externally publishedYes



  • D. Non-destructive testing
  • Steel reinforced polymer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Ceramics and Composites

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