The use of advanced composite materials for rehabilitation of deteriorating infrastructure has been embraced worldwide. Many new techniques have used the lightweight, high strength and the corrosion resistance of fiber reinforced polymers laminates for repair and retrofit applications. Epoxy bonding of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP) sheets to the tension area of steel girders improves the ultimate load carrying capacity and stiffness of the member while reducing the stresses and extending the fatigue life. CFRP laminates can be incorporated in design of new structures as well as for repair of damaged structures. Several experimental studies of single span steel and composite girders strengthened and repaired with CFRP laminates have been conducted during the past decade. This paper presents the summary of the result of those studies.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Advanced Polymer Composites for Structural Applications in Construction: ACIC 2004|
|Number of pages||13|
|ISBN (Print)||9781845690649, 9781855737365|
|State||Published - Apr 22 2004|
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