Fibre composite structures in Australia's civil engineering market: an anatomy of innovation

Van Erp, Gerard and Cattell, Craig and Heldt, Tim (2005) Fibre composite structures in Australia's civil engineering market: an anatomy of innovation. Structural Control and Health Monitoring, 7 (3). pp. 150-160. ISSN 1365-0556


During the last 5-10 years there has been considerable activity in research and development of fibre composites in the Australian civil engineering market. Areas of activity have included; bridge systems, replacement of large-section hardwood girders, waterfront structures and railway sleepers. The 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 presents a review of these developments and examines the process involved in taking these new systems from a novelty to a viable and credible alternative for local asset owners.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting paper from author. Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2008 02:39
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: composite structures; innovation; bridges; marine structures; beams
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870399 Construction Materials Performance and Processes not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1002/pse.199

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