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Fibre Reinforced Polymer Bridges - Northern Guidance Launch Event

Following on from its official launch on 21st November in London, Composites UK and CIRIA will hold a Northern event for its document 'FRP Bridges - guidance for designers' in Manchester on 26th February 2019.

The adoption of FRP composites within the construction sector has historically been limited to lightweight non-structural elements such as sanitary items and cladding. More recently, the use of FRP composites as main structural members has seen a resurgence. Bridges made entirely of FRP composite are now being installed, with asset owners recognising the associated benefits.

Within the UK the projected growth in the use of FRP composites for structural applications in the construction sector suggests high levels of growth with the UK Composites Strategy 2016 (Composite Leadership Forum, 2016) estimating significant growth. In addition to this, there are numerous technological advancements (eg nanotechnology/fibre innovations) that will make FRP composites a much more attractive solution.

At present, there are minimal resources for the bridge engineer to refer to, with no recognised design standards to follow. However, structural Eurocodes are in development and there are a number of guides from materials manufacturers. So, the intention of this guide is to help bridge engineers to understand FRP materials and how they can use them effectively in modern bridge construction.

Within the guide, the history of FRP bridges in the UK is discussed, together with some of the key learning points relating to FRP materials, the manufacturing process and the relevant design criteria. Sustainability is also an area identified, with recommendations made.


13:30 Registration
14:00 Welcome and introduction - Claire Whysall, Composites UK
14:10 The need for guidance - sharing knowledge and lessons learned - James Henderson, Atkins
14:30 Why FRP Bridges? – Pros & Cons -  Lee Canning, Jacobs
14:50 Procurement Best Practice of FRP Bridges - Martin Halpin, Delft Infra Composites
15:10 Presentation tbc
15:30 The future of FRP bridges in the rail sector - Rob Dean, Network Rail
15:45 The future of FRP bridges in the highways sector -  Francis McKeown, Highways England
16:00 Case studies (10 mins)

  • Lifespan structures - Martin Richardon
  • ECS Engineering Services Ltd – Steve Crapper


Registration is being taken via the CIRIA website, click here for details.

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