A Code of Practice for the structural design of fibre composites

Ayers, Stephen R. and van Erp, Gerard (2004) A Code of Practice for the structural design of fibre composites. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Structures & Buildings, 157 (1). pp. 3-8. ISSN 1751-7702


The lack of appropriate structural design standards for composite materials is a major inhibitor to the wider usage of these materials in mainstream civil engineering. In 2000, the Composites Institute of Australia (CIA) moved to address this problem on a national level and initiated a programme to develop an Australian industry code of practice for the structural design of fibre composites. This paper discusses two of the initial topics addressed by this programme: the development of a national system of grading and certification for composite constituents, and an alternative approach to the characterisation of unidirectional lamina behaviour. The paper outlines the basis for investigation of each of these topics, and discusses the research approach that has been adopted. In the case of characterisation of lamina behaviour, the paper also presents initial results from associated experimental programmes.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2007 05:22
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: codes of practice and standards; composite structures; design methods
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1680/stbu.
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3515

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