Fibre Reinforced polymers (FRP), as the building material in the construction industry, is relatively new compared to the traditional materials like steel and concrete. Offering lot of advantages, such as ability to build lightweight and maintenance free structures, it is a promising material with specific behavior which has to be properly tackled both in the design and in the production phase. Scope of the course is designed with the aim to prepare young engineers to use this material of the future in structural engineering applications. 

Guest lectures from Netherlands leading companies in field of FRP will help students to gain experience from practice and feel the challenges in design and production of FRP structures.

Course Contents
General aspects of FRP structures
Materials and failure analysis
Design of pultruded profiles
Design of beams and sandwich panels
Joints in FRP structures
Retrofitting by FRP

Calculation examples are presented throughout the lectures and exercises are given to students during the course:

  • Calculation of partial safety factors and conversion factors
  • Design of an axially compressed pultruded member
  • ULS & SLS design verification of an simply supported pultruded beam
  • Design check of a foam core sandwich panel
  • Calculation of bolted double-lap joint loaded in in-plane tension and compression.

Study Goals
As a result, the student should be able to:

  1. Judge the application possibilities and advantages of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) material in various load carrying civil engineering structures and building structures;
  2. Understand the behavior of FRP materials;
  3. Understand influence of environment on structures made of FRP;
  4. Create and design different types of FRP structures made of pultruded profiles;
  5. Perform preliminary ULS and SLS design verifications of structures made of pultruded profiles and sandwich panels.

Expected prior knowledge