Since its publication in November 2018, C779: Fibre reinforced polymer bridges – guidance for designers has been downloaded over 2350 times.
It is cited in the Highways England document CD368 and has been referenced in a number of completed bridge projects as well as being used in new projects under development by Network Rail.
One such project where the guidance was usefully referenced was the Standedge Aqueduct – a Network Rail project where a new FPC structure replaces an existing steel aqueduct.
Alongside the Eurocomp Design Code, C779 has also been used in the design and execution of 2 station and 12 non-station footbridges on the East West Rail project. Particular reference was made to the execution and material and ULS sections of the document.
C779 is the result of a successful collaboration led by Composites UK between academia and industry. The document supported by Highways England and Network Rail, is for the design, procurement, execution, monitoring and inspection of new bridges where components, in the form of shapes or systems, are made using fibre polymer composite (FPC) material.
The guidance document can be downloaded here.
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