Advanced polymer composite and concrete beam and slab systems

Bloodworth, A.G. (2004) Advanced polymer composite and concrete beam and slab systems. In, Advanced polymer composites for structural applications in construction. International Conference Advanced polymer composites for structural applications in construction (ACIC 2004) Cambridge, UK, Woodhead, 327-334.


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This paper reports on an investigation into the feasibility of a structural slab system consisting of a sheet of carbon fibre reinforced polymer in tension and concrete in compression. The system is a development of a design for an APC/concrete composite Tee beam, in which the APC serves as both permanent formwork and tension reinforcement. The design, fabrication and testing of the system are described. Particular issues to be addressed were obtaining an optimal profile for the CFRP formwork, and providing adequate bond between CFRP and concrete. The bond was made using an adhesive, the performance of which is described. A non-linear finite element analysis was performed in support of the laboratory experiments, and parametric studies carried out to explore the important influence of fibre direction upon transverse bending stiffness. The CFRP layer was tested before the concrete was cast, to model the temporary construction case, under concentrated and distributed loads. The behaviour of the finished slab under cyclic loading was also examined.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 1855737361 (paperback)
Subjects: T Technology > TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 53770
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2004Published
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:32

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