Structural behaviour of pultruded fibre composites guardrail system under horizontal loading

Manalo, Allan and Pac, Mac (2015) Structural behaviour of pultruded fibre composites guardrail system under horizontal loading. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications. ISSN 1464-4207

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Fibre composite guardrails are increasingly being used to ensure safety of workers from fall-from-height incidents due to its high strength, high corrosion resistance and low maintenance. In this study, the structural behaviour of pultruded glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) guardrail was evaluated following AS1657-1992. GFRP guardrail systems mounted on top and side of a steel beam with different joint connectors are loaded horizontally to top of the guardrail post and to the middle of the guardrail member. The results showed that the guardrail system with joints connected with either polypin or rivets combined with epoxy exhibited 20% higher failure load and almost double the stiffness than those connected using polypin or rivets alone. The side-mounted guardrail failed due to failure of the base connector while the guardrail mounted on top of the beam failed at the joints indicating that the structural behaviour of GFRP guardrail system is affected mainly by the type of joints.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 23/12/15. Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 06:20
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2018 02:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: guardrails; fibre composites; structural behaviour; joints; fasteners
Fields of Research : 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
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1464420715622650

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