Research and development of fibre composites in civil infrastructure - the Australian experience [Keynote address]

Aravinthan, Thiru (2012) Research and development of fibre composites in civil infrastructure - the Australian experience [Keynote address]. In: 3rd Asia-Pacific Conference on FRP in Structures (APFIS 2012), 2-4 Feb 2012, Sapporo, Japan.

Abstract

During the past 15 years, there have been considerable activities in the research and development of fibre composites (FC) in the Australian construction industry. Areas of activity have included bridge systems, replacement of hardwood girders, marine structures and strengthening of existing structures. The Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (CEEFC), a Research Centre at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has played a leading role in these developments. This work has involved not only the initial concept development but also the construction and deployment of full-scale prototypes. Through close involvement of major asset owners including state road and rail authorities and city councils, these technologies have evolved from initial technology demonstrators to become viable commercial alternatives to traditional structural solutions. This paper highlights some of the past and present research and development (R&D) projects on engineered fibre composites that the authors have been involved in. These projects include the development of the Australia’s first fibre composite bridge, innovative strengthening systems using fibre composites, fibre composite railway sleepers, a fibre composite windmill structure and other innovative applications of engineered fibre composites in civil infrastructure. Future R&D prospects on this advanced composite material are also discussed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This is a keynote paper. Copyrighted.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2013 05:00
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 02:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: fibre composites; research and development; bridges; structural rehabilitation
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
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23090

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