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Research and development is described that has led to the practical use of modular Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) bridge systems. Such systems can provide advantages for bridge construction by i) enabling offsite manufacture of large lightweight bridge units, ii) providing a modular unit that has the flexibility to be used for a range of spans and applications, including highway and railway bridge decks, iii) reduce costs by allowing repetition and volume manufacture of the FRP units.
These FRP deck systems have been used for a number of bridge replacements schemes. The design and construction of recent applications including Moss Canal Bridge (9m span road bridge over a canal, installed in 2011) and Church Bridge (8m span road bridge over a river, installed in 2015) are discussed including preliminary and detailed design and analysis methods, and manufacturing and construction methods.
Challenges for further application of FRP bridge deck systems will also be discussed including design standards and guidance, specification and testing, and technical awareness among bridge engineers.
Speaker: Dr Lee Canning
Refreshments will be served from 18:00 for a meeting start of 18:30.
Organised by ICE Lancashire Branch and joint with IStructE.
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