Title

Finite Element Analysis of Frp Tube Assemblies for Bridge Decks

Abstract

Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials have many advantages over traditional building materials. They are becoming more and more popular in civil engineering applications. FRP pultruded tubes are easy to fabricate and can be easily assembled for different applications. In this paper, FRP tube assemblies of variable size, fiber material, tube wall thickness, and different installation are studied using finite element analysis. The deflection and stress distribution are listed for each case. When compared to experimental results, the numerical analysis shows good correlation. Data gained in this study can be used for design and optimization of FRP tube assemblies for bridge deck construction and similar applications in civil engineering.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Bridge Deck; Composite Materials; Fiber Reinforced Polymer Frp; Finite Element Analysis; Pultrusion; Tube Assembly

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2002 Taylor & Francis, All rights reserved.


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