A brief review of fatigue strengthening of metallic structures in civil engineering using fibre reinforced polymers

Xiao Ling Zhao, Masoud Motavalli

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There is a great potential in using fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) to strengthen aging metallic structures. This paper briefly describes the benefit of using FRP to strengthen metallic structures. It then addresses how fatigue load affects the bond between FRP and steel. FRP fatigue strengthening of cracked steel plates and connections are discussed. Furthermore, effects of using prestressed FRP on flexural and fatigue behaviours of a FRP-steel composite system are addressed. Bonded and un-bonded FRP-to-steel applications, as two different approaches for steel strengthening, are discussed. Finally fatigue strengthening of metallic riveted bridges using un-bonded pre-stressed FRP plates is presented. A comprehensive list of references is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Materials Research: 11th International Fatigue Congress (FATIGUE 2014)
EditorsGraham Clark, Chun H Wang
Place of PublicationPfaffikon Switzerland
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783038350088
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Fatigue Congress 2014 - Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2 Mar 20147 Mar 2014
Conference number: 11th


ConferenceInternational Fatigue Congress 2014
Abbreviated titleFATIGUE 2014

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