Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Advanced Composites in Construction

Whereas composite materials have been used extensively in the aerospace, automobile and defence industries since the early 1960s, the use of Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) in the construction industry only started in the 1980s and civil engineers have only recently began to gain confidence and experience in applying this technology to primary structural applications.

Manufactured from a combination of fibres within a polymeric matrix, FRP reinforcements display excellent resistance to environmental factors such as freeze-thaw cycles, chemical attack and temperature variations. Above all, composites can be engineered to be highly corrosion resistant providing a highly durable reinforcing solution to increase the design life of new constructions as well as rehabilitate and strengthen existing structures.