Fiber-reinforced Polymer Symposium

SOURCE: American Concrete Institute | March 27, 2024

Recent FRP code developments, emerging FRP systems with successful applications, durability benefits, and dozens of other topics surrounding the advancement of FRP systems in places such as the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Europe, China, and more were discussed. With a focus of raising awareness of FRP as reinforcement for concrete and masonry structures, several sponsors chose to participate in the event, including:

    • International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC)
    • NEx: An ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials
    • FYFE
    • MST Rebar
    • Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation (MCTI)
    • Modjeski and Masters Inc.
    • American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)

The experimental, analytical, and numerical validations of using FRP composites were discussed, as well as insights needed for improving existing guidelines and developing design codes. Information was also provided on frontiers of FRP research with respect to emerging materials, systems, and applications for extreme events such as fire and earthquakes. Presentations also featured discussions on sustainability, novel applications, new technologies, and long-term field data that will result in greater acceptance and use of FRP composites technology by practitioners.

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