Infrastructure failures and consequences: rehabilitation using fibre composites

Aravinthan, Thiru (2014) Infrastructure failures and consequences: rehabilitation using fibre composites. In: 1st International Conference on Infrastructure Failures and Consequences (ICIFC 2014), 16-20 Jul 2014, Melbourne, Australia.


Aging and deterioration of civil infrastructure such as bridges, railway sleepers, piles and pipelines is a major challenge faced nowadays. Moreover, increased loading together with longer expected design life of such structures make this a complex problem to be resolved. In Australia, there are several timber bridges that have already reached its design service life and needs to be replaced urgently. The limited financial resources to maintain these bridges and the depleting supply of quality hardwood timber have created a need for a cost effective alternative for the replacement of these timber bridges. Engineered fibre composites offer an extremely versatile option to strengthen or rehabilitate existing structures to solve structural problems arising from environmental exposure, inadequate designs, increased traffic loads, and continuous aging. Road and bridge authorities in Australia have become actively involved in these type of projects as many of its existing bridge structures requires replacement and major rehabilitation. This paper will discuss case studies on innovative alternative solutions using engineered composite materials for infrastructure rehabilitation. These projects include sustainable fibre composite bridge girders, pile rehabilitation, composite railway sleepers, strengthening of existing structures and other applications. Overcoming challenges and lessons learned in the implementation of these projects will be also discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 04 May 2015 05:38
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 04:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: infrastructure failures; fibre composites; research and development; structural rehabilitation
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8801 Ground Transport > 880106 Road Infrastructure and Networks
B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870303 Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints)

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