|Composites for Infrastructure Applications
Global Infrastructure Sector for “Emerging'‘fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites applications projected to INCREASE by 525% between 2000 and 2010 in buildings, bridges, ports, utilities, construction, and concrete repair.
In July 2003, UAB researchers successfully implemented a cost-effective and innovative Vacuum Assist Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) Technology for the repair and hardening of girder cracks on I-565 in Huntsville, Alabama (Sponsor – Alabama Department of Transportation). Advanced materials - carbon fiber reinforcements and epoxy resin were used. The repair treatment was implemented without stopping traffic on I-565 and is expected to significantly improve the life-span of girder.
Why FRP in Civil Infrastructure?
- Structural enhancement including strength and stiffness, afforded by FRP rehabilitation technique
- Corrosion Resistance
- Ease of Repair
- The economics and ease of use of FRP rehabilitation systems.
For more information concerning this research project, click on an investigator(s) name below.