FRP Deck and Steel Girder Bridge Systems: Analysis and Design

(Last Updated On: January 10, 2018)

FRP Deck and Steel Girder Bridge Systems- Analysis and Design

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) decks have been increasingly used for new construction and rehabilitation projects worldwide. The benefits of using FRP bridge decks, such as durability, light weight, high strength, reduced maintenance costs, and rapid installation, outweigh their initial in-place material costs when implemented in highway bridge projects. FRP Deck and Steel Girder Bridge Systems: Analysis and Design compiles the necessary information to facilitate the development of the standards and guidelines needed to promote further adoption of composite sandwich panels in construction. It also, for the first time, proposes a complete set of design guidelines.

Providing both experimental investigations and theoretical analyses, this book covers three complementary parts: FRP decks, shear connectors between the deck and steel girders, and the behavior of bridge systems. The text presents stiffness and strength evaluations for FRP deck panels and FRP deck-girder bridge systems. While the FRP deck studies focus on honeycomb FPR sandwich panels over steel girder bridge systems, they can be adapted to other sandwich configurations. Similarly, the shear connection and bridge system studies can be applied to other types of FRP decks. Chapters discuss skin effect, core configuration, facesheet laminates, out-of-plane compression and sheer, mechanical shear connectors, and FRP deck–steel girder bridge systems.

Based on the findings described in the text, the authors propose design guidelines and present design examples to illustrate application of the guidelines. In the final chapter, they also provide a systematic analysis and design approach for single-span FRP deck-stringer bridges. This book presents new and improved theories and combines analytical models, numerical analyses, and experimental investigations to devise a practical analysis procedure, resulting in FRP deck design formulations.

Table of Contents


Implementation of HFRP Sandwich Deck Panels in Highway Bridges

FRP Deck: Stiffness Evaluation
Stiffness of FRP Honeycomb Sandwich Panels with Sinusoidal Core

On the Transverse Shear Stiffness of Composite Honeycomb Core with General Configuration
Homogenized Elastic Properties of Honeycomb Sandwiches with Skin Effect

FRP Deck: Strength Evaluation

Literature Review
Out-of-Plane Compression
Out-of-Plane Shear
Facesheet Study
Appendix 3.A: Strength Data of Core Materials
Appendix 3.B: Derivation of Equilibrium Equation
Appendix 3.C: Shear Test for Facesheet Laminates
Appendix 3.D: Stiffness of Facesheet Laminates and Core Materials

Mechanical Shear Connector for FRP Decks

Prototype Shear Connection
Push-Out Test

FRP Deck–Steel Girder Bridge System

Experimental and FE Study on Scaled Bridge Model
Evaluation of Effective Flange Width by Shear Lag Model

Design Guidelines for FRP Deck–Steel Girder Bridge Systems
Design Guidelines


A Systematic Analysis and Design Approach for Single-Span FRP Deck-Stringer Bridges

Panel and Beam Analysis
FRP Cellular Decks: Elastic Equivalence
Analysis of FRP Deck-Stringer Bridge System
Design Analysis Procedures and Illustrative Example


FRP Deck and Steel Girder Bridge Systems: Analysis and Design
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