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dc.contributor.advisor Barker, Richard M. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Murray, Thomas M. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Weyers, Richard E. en_US Boyd, Curtis Barton en_US 2011-08-06T14:37:26Z 2011-08-06T14:37:26Z 1997-05-05 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-4814221949711381 en_US
dc.description.abstract Approximately 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.medium ETD en_US
dc.publisher Virginia Tech en_US
dc.relation.haspart etd.pdf en_US
dc.rights The 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.uri en_US
dc.subject bridge en_US
dc.subject reinforced concrete en_US
dc.subject bridge design en_US
dc.subject FRP en_US
dc.subject fiber reinforced plastics en_US
dc.title A Load-Deflection Study of Fiber-Reinforced Plastics as Reinforcement in Concrete Bridge Decks en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Civil Engineering en_US MS en_US

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