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dc.contributor.advisorBarker, Richard M.en_US
dc.contributor.advisorMurray, Thomas M.en_US
dc.contributor.advisorWeyers, Richard E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBoyd, Curtis Bartonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-06T14:37:26Z
dc.date.available2011-08-06T14:37:26Z
dc.date.issued1997-05-05en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-4814221949711381en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/9591
dc.description.abstractApproximately fifty percent of the bridges in the United States are considered deficient. The deterioration of the concrete components is a leading cause of the problem. The deterioration of concrete bridge decks is due primarily to corrosion of the reinforcing steel in the concrete. A promising solution to the problem is the use of fiber reinforced plastics (FRP) as a replacement for reinforcing steel. The use of FRP as reinforcement has the following advantages of lightweight, high tensile strength, corrosion resistance, flexibility, and electromagnetic resistance. This paper looks at the use of FRP as reinforcement in concrete beams and compares the information from deflection measurements of different configurations. Also, a material cost comparison is made to determine the cost of using the FRP reinforcement over standard steel reinforcement. Concrete bridge deck systems are designed using steel and fiber-reinforced plastics and allowable stress and load resistance factor methods. Recommendations for further study and uses of FRP are made.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartetd.pdfen_US
dc.rightsThe authors of the theses and dissertations are the copyright owners. Virginia Tech's Digital Library and Archives has their permission to store and provide access to these works.en_US
dc.source.urihttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-4814221949711381en_US
dc.subjectbridgeen_US
dc.subjectreinforced concreteen_US
dc.subjectbridge designen_US
dc.subjectFRPen_US
dc.subjectfiber reinforced plasticsen_US
dc.titleA Load-Deflection Study of Fiber-Reinforced Plastics as Reinforcement in Concrete Bridge Decksen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentCivil Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMSen_US


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