Classification and Qualification of Composite Materials Systems for use in the Civil Infrastructure
The purpose of this three-year UK DTI- funded project was to
facilitate the better use of composite materials systems in the construction
Fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) materials are used increasingly in a large range of applications, in both new build and repair, as well as in conjunction with adhesives and laminating resins. The growth in the use of composite materials systems for different applications involving concrete, metallic and timber structures has highlighted the need for more guidance on the design, application and approval processes. Procedures were developed for the assessment of materials systems on site, involving the development of manufacturing techniques for on-site fabrication of reliable and consistent test pieces.
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It began in April 2002 and finished in May 2005. The project was managed
by Oxford Brookes University, with support from AEA Technology (now ESR Tech-
nology Ltd.), Mouchel Parkman, and Tony Gee & Partners.
A large Industrial Advisory Group was formed to provide guidance, materials and cash contributions to the project.