U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

For more than 25 years, the FHWA, AASHTO, and NCHRP has researched and demonstrated the use of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites.  FHWA provides a resource for engineers under the Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composite Bridge Technology section of their website.  In addition to a project database using FRP composites, FHWA has a library of documents and other information that reports on the use and performance of FRP composites.  For more information, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/frp/

Innovative Bridge Research and Construction (IBRC) Program

The Transportation Equity Act (TEA) for the 21st Century “TEA-21″ was a transportation legislation bill that had built into it a special initiative.  IBRC was an initiative by the Federal Highway Administration to provide direction and funding to help state, county and local bridge owners incorporate innovative materials and materials technologies in their bridge projects. The intent of the program is to reduce congestion associated with bridge construction and maintenance projects, to increase productivity by lowering the life-cycle costs of bridges, to keep Americans and America’s commerce moving, and to enhance safety. The program spanned 1998-2003 as was key to demonstrating many FRP composites products over many bridge installations.  To learn more about this program and see a list of projects, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/ibrc/

American Concrete Institute (ACI)

ACI has a number of publications of technical papers that document use of FRP composites in concrete applications. To obtain a copy of the documents below, visit ACI publications at www.concrete.org

  • SP-215: Field Applications of FRP Reinforcement: Case Studies
  • SP-230 & SP-230CD: 7th International Symposium on Fiber-Reinforced (FRP) Polymer Reinforcement for Concrete Structures
  • SP-245CD: Case Histories and Use of FRP for Prestressing Applications
  • SP-257CD: FRP Stay-In-Place Forms for Concrete Structures
  • SP-258CD: Seismic Strengthening of Concrete Buildings Using FRP Composites

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

ASCE publishes a journal and reports on the condition of the United States infrastructure.

ISIS Canada Research Network (Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures)

ISIS was established in 1995 to provide civil engineers with smarter ways to build, repair and monitor structures using high-strength, non-corroding, fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs) and fiber optic sensors (FOSs). It was created by the federal Networks of Centers of Excellence (NCE) program and encompasses 14 universities.  ISIS Canada has produced a number of reports.  In particular, Monograph on Durability of FRPs in Civil Infrastructure addresses FRP composites performance.  To obtain a copy of this report, visit www.isiscanada.com/durability/durability.html