Durability of Composites for Civil Structural Applications

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Vistasp M. Karbhari
Woodhead Pub., 2007 - Technology & Engineering - 366 pages
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Given the increasing use of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in structural civil engineering, there is a vital need for critical information related to the overall durability and performance of these new materials under harsh and changing conditions. Durability of composites for civil and structural applications provides a thorough overview of key aspects of the durability of FRP composites for designers and practising engineers.

Part one discusses general aspects of composite durability. Chapters examine mechanisms of degradation such as moisture, aqueous solutions, UV radiation, temperature, fatigue and wear. Part two then discusses ways of using FRP composites, including strengthening and rehabilitating existing structures with FRP composites, and monitoring techniques such as structural health monitoring.

Durability of composites for civil and structural applications provides practising engineers, decision makers and students with a useful and fundamental guide to the use of FRP composites within civil and structural engineering.

  • Provides a thorough overview of key aspects of the durability of composites
  • Examines mechanisms of degradation such as aqueous solutions, moisture, fatigue and wear
  • Discusses ways of using FRP composites, including strengthening and rehabilitating existing structures

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Contents

Fabrication quality and servicelife issues
13
Durability of composites in aqueous environments
31
Durability of composites in subzero
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Professor Vistasp M. Karbhari is Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he is also Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is widely regarded for his research expertise on infrastructure renewal and multi-threat mitigation (including blast), durability and damage-tolerance, processing of composites, sustainability, damage prognosis, and structural health monitoring.

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