FRP Bars for Bridges


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Title: FRP Bars for Bridges

Author(s): Brahim Benmokrane, Ehab El-Salakawy, Gerard Desgagne, and Thomas Lackey

Publication: Concrete International

Volume: 26

Issue: 8

Appears on pages(s): 84-90

Keywords: Field testing; remote monitoring; rehabilitation; serviceability; bridge decks

Date: 8/1/2004

Deterioration of concrete structures, such as bridges and parking garages, due to corrosion of steel reinforcement has limited the service life and increased the maintenance cost of such structures. Concrete bridge decks deteriorate faster than any other bridge component. Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement has been introduced in concrete bridge decks and other structural elements. This article presents new and innovative field applications of FRP bars as reinforcement for the concrete deck of four bridges recently constructed in Canada and the U.S.