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Fiber-reinforced polymer composite bridges in West Virginia Shekar, Vimala ; Petro, Samer H ; GangaRaou, Hota VS

By: Contributor(s): Publication details: Transportation Research Record, 2003Description: nr 1819, s. 378-84Subject(s): Bibl.nr: VTI P8169:2003 Ref ; VTI P8167Location: Abstract: Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have been used more often over the past decade than before in new construction as well as in repair of deteriorated bridges. Many of these bridges are on low-volume roads, where they receive very little attention. It is imperative that new bridge construction or repair be long lasting, nearly maintenance free, and as economical as possible. Relative to those factors, FRP composite bridges have been found to be structurally adequate and feasible because of their reduced maintenance cost and limited environmental impact (i.e., no harmful chemicals leaching into the atmosphere with longer service life). In West Virginia, 23 FRP composite bridges have been constructed, among which 18 are built on low-volume roads that have an average daily traffic (ADT) of less than 1,000, including 7 with ADT less than 400. General FRP composite bridge geometry and preliminary field responses are presented as are some of the preliminary construction specifications and cost data of FRP composite bridges built on low-volume roads in West Virginia.
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Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have been used more often over the past decade than before in new construction as well as in repair of deteriorated bridges. Many of these bridges are on low-volume roads, where they receive very little attention. It is imperative that new bridge construction or repair be long lasting, nearly maintenance free, and as economical as possible. Relative to those factors, FRP composite bridges have been found to be structurally adequate and feasible because of their reduced maintenance cost and limited environmental impact (i.e., no harmful chemicals leaching into the atmosphere with longer service life). In West Virginia, 23 FRP composite bridges have been constructed, among which 18 are built on low-volume roads that have an average daily traffic (ADT) of less than 1,000, including 7 with ADT less than 400. General FRP composite bridge geometry and preliminary field responses are presented as are some of the preliminary construction specifications and cost data of FRP composite bridges built on low-volume roads in West Virginia.

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