BRISTOL UNIVERSITY PIONEERS COMPOSITE BRIDGE TECHNIQUE

Posted by: TheEngineer.co.uk             Authored by: David Wilson

End View of Lab Specimen in Test Frame

End View of Lab Specimen in Test Frame

The extensive use of advanced composite materials glassor carbon-fibre-reinforced polymers could be the answer to building bridges in half the time, reducing costs during construction while potentially improving the structural reliability of the completed bridges.

Composites are stiff, strong, light, corrosion-resistant materials that have been used in the aerospace, automotive and yachting industries for decades. However, since they behave differently from traditional construction materials such as steel, concrete and timber, novel design approaches are needed to use them cost effectively in civil engineering applications.  Read Full Article Here

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