Composites in civil infrastructure: R & D to applications

Aravinthan, T. (2012) Composites in civil infrastructure: R & D to applications. In: 6th International Composites Conference (ACUN 6): Composites and Nanocomposites in Civil, Offshore and Mining Infrastructure , 14-16 Nov 2012, Melbourne, Australia.

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Research and development of composite materials and structures in the last two decades have paved the way to increasing applications of composites in civil infrastructure globally. In Australia, the pioneering work was initiated at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) within the Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (CEEFC) resulting in the first Australian fibre composite bridge in 2002. Since then, projects involving new and innovative design and structural concepts to make engineered composites a suitable solution in civil infrastructure have emerged. Through close involvement with major asset owners, these technologies have evolved from initial technology demonstrators to become viable commercial alternatives to traditional structural solutions. This paper highlights some of the research and development (R&D) projects on engineered composites in civil infrastructure in Australia. Moreover, field applications and case studies where composites have been effectively used are discussed. The challenges faced by the engineers in applying this emerging technology together with the need for appropriate education and training for civil infrastructure are also presented.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with blanket permission of Conference organisers.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2013 05:20
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 01:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: composites; civil infrastructure; research and development; applications
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8702 Construction Design > 870201 Civil Construction Design
B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870399 Construction Materials Performance and Processes not elsewhere classified

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