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EPSRC Reference: GR/N65462/01
Principal Investigator: Shenoi, Professor RA
Other Investigators:
Moy, Professor S Hollaway, Professor L Smith, Professor PA
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BRE Group (Building Res Establishment) Concrete Repairs Ltd Concrete Society
Construction Industry - CIRIA Devonport Management Ltd Feb Ltd
Fibreforce Composites Ltd Highways Agency Imperial College London
Lancaster University London Underground Ltd Maunsell Ltd
National Physical Laboratory PB Kennedy & Donkin Taywood Engineering Ltd
Tony Gee UMIST University of Cambridge
University of Dundee University of Glamorgan University of Liverpool
University of Nottingham University of Sheffield University of Warwick
Victoria University of Manchester, The
Department: Faculty of Engineering & the Environment
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 June 2001 Ends: 31 May 2004 Value (£): 63,364
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Civil Engineering Materials Materials Characterisation
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Construction Transport Systems and Vehicles
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This proposal seeks to address technical issues relating to the use of polymer composites in the construction industry. The industry is conservative, multi-faceted and fragmented; as a result innovation occurs at a slow pace and needs to be supported by education and training across a wide spectrum. Thus, one important aspect is for the industry to be better informed of the capabilities and limitations of the polymer composite materials and to address these with long-term, targeted research. Current usage of advanced composites in construction is found in special areas of application. To increase and expand the usage of composites, certain issues must be addressed and resolved. These include: lack of national standards and guidelines, lack of familiarity with the materials in civil construction community, materials systems characterisation, durability, life cycle analysis and costings. It is proposed that this network will address the generic scientific/engineering issues underpinning the above issues as well as the problems associated with the use of FRP materials in various applications sectors. Specific activities to deliver the objectives are: visits to industrial sites and research laboratories; seminars/workshops/colloquia; CPD courses, organised in conjunction with learned bodies; a major international conference, which could perhaps become a standing conference.
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