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FRP systems for structural rehabilitation: growth or maturity ?

Stijn Matthys (UGent)
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The use of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) based advanced composite systems for the repair and strengthening of structures has evolved from an emerging technology to an established engineering technique. Structural rehabilitation with externally bonded FRP reinforcement has a track record of over 15 years of widespread commercial applications world-wide and this has been reflected in growing availability of standards and codes. Moreover, it has been 26 years since the first on-site application of bonded FRP strips. Hence, one could state that the technology life cycle reached maturity and that it is time to rest on our tremendous achievements as a research community? Reflecting on this statement, the author believes and demonstrates the opposite, and proposes some challenges and focal points for academia and industry on the use of FRP systems for the construction sector and more specific looking into FRP systems for structural rehabilitation.
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FRP, Structural design, Strengthening, Analysis

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Matthys, Stijn. “FRP Systems for Structural Rehabilitation: Growth or Maturity ?” 11th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Reinforced Concrete Structures, Proceedings. Ed. Joaquim Barros & José Sena-Cruz. Universidade do Minho, 2013. 1–9. Print.
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Matthys, S. (2013). FRP systems for structural rehabilitation: growth or maturity ? In Joaquim Barros & J. Sena-Cruz (Eds.), 11th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Reinforced Concrete Structures, Proceedings (pp. 1–9). Presented at the 11th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-11), Universidade do Minho.
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Matthys, Stijn. 2013. “FRP Systems for Structural Rehabilitation: Growth or Maturity ?” In 11th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Reinforced Concrete Structures, Proceedings, ed. Joaquim Barros and José Sena-Cruz, 1–9. Universidade do Minho.
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Matthys, Stijn. 2013. “FRP Systems for Structural Rehabilitation: Growth or Maturity ?” In 11th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Reinforced Concrete Structures, Proceedings, ed. Joaquim Barros and José Sena-Cruz, 1–9. Universidade do Minho.
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Matthys S. FRP systems for structural rehabilitation: growth or maturity ? In: Barros J, Sena-Cruz J, editors. 11th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Reinforced Concrete Structures, Proceedings. Universidade do Minho; 2013. p. 1–9.
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S. Matthys, “FRP systems for structural rehabilitation: growth or maturity ?,” in 11th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Reinforced Concrete Structures, Proceedings, Guimaraes, Portugal, 2013, pp. 1–9.
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  abstract     = {{The use of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) based advanced composite systems for the repair and strengthening of structures has evolved from an emerging technology to an established engineering technique. Structural rehabilitation with externally bonded FRP reinforcement has a track record of over 15 years of widespread commercial applications world-wide and this has been reflected in growing availability of standards and codes. Moreover, it has been 26 years since the first on-site application of bonded FRP strips. Hence, one could state that the technology life cycle reached maturity and that it is time to rest on our tremendous achievements as a research community? Reflecting on this statement, the author believes and demonstrates the opposite, and proposes some challenges and focal points for academia and industry on the use of FRP systems for the construction sector and more specific looking into FRP systems for structural rehabilitation.}},
  author       = {{Matthys, Stijn}},
  booktitle    = {{11th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Reinforced Concrete Structures, Proceedings}},
  editor       = {{Barros, Joaquim and Sena-Cruz, José}},
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  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Guimaraes, Portugal}},
  pages        = {{1--9}},
  publisher    = {{Universidade do Minho}},
  title        = {{FRP systems for structural rehabilitation: growth or maturity ?}},
  year         = {{2013}},
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