Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Extending the service life of new reinforced concrete structures by using advanced composite materials workshop

Building a bridge across the ocean to stimulate the communication and exchange of knowledge on the use of composites for construction.

Optimised concrete beams reinforced with FRP bars and wound-FRP shear reinforcement.

Overview

Our workshop in July aimed to build a bridge across the ocean to stimulate the communication and exchange of knowledge on the use of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials for construction. The event was held on campus and online to allow international speakers and attendees to take part in the debate.

Particular attention was given to the new methods for manufacturing composites as internal reinforcement for optimised concrete structures. These methods have been developed at the University of Bath as part of the EPSRC-funded project ‘Knitting bespoke reinforcement for new concrete structures’ (EP/M01696X/1).

Presentations

Title Speaker
Extending the service life of new reinforced concrete structures using advanced composite materials Dr John Orr (Chair)
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Civil Engineering, University of Bath
Introduction to workshop Professor Tim Ibell
Renowned expert in the field and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering & Design, University of Bath
Standardisation of composites for repair - a US perspective Professor Antonio Nanni
University of Miami (USA),chairman of the ACI 549 Committee and member of the ACI 440 Committee for FRP reinforcement
Designing FRP reinforced concrete structures: the Canadian approach Professor A Ghani Razaqpur
McMaster University (Canada), chairman of the CSA-S806: Design of Buildings with Fibre Reinforced Polymers and member of CSA-S807
Bespoke FRP reinforcement for new concrete structures Dr Saverio Spadea
University of Bath, Research Fellow in Structural Engineering and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University of Miami for 2015-2016 academic year

Demo session

The winding machine prototype in action

Mr Joe Evans, Lab Technician, University of Bath

Audience

The workshop was attended by students, academics, engineering practitioners and members of the construction industry worldwide.

  • 23 attended in person
  • 50 attended online via Adobe Connect

There were 44 unique participants at peak.

Outcomes

The event was a success in bringing together attendees from across the world. The workshop provided participants with:

  1. an appreciation of the extraordinary advantages that FRP offer
  2. a new understanding of FRP materials, processes and methods
  3. Ideas on how to extend the service life of concrete structures

Survey

We asked attendees to provide us with feedback after the event. View survey results.

Acknowledgements

Our workshop was supported by the University of Bath Research Development Fund and promoted by RECAST (Missouri University of Science & Technology).

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