Use of FRP Sheets to Retrofit (Strengthen) Pier Caps

Principal Investigator(s):

Cathy French, Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering


  • Carol Shield, Former Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering

Project summary:

The use of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) sheets will be investigated as a retrofit/strengthening scheme to repair diagonally cracked pier caps. The investigation will include tests on small-scale specimens to investigate a number of FRP products, anchorage details and degrees of cracking. Additional large-scale tests will be conducted on pier cap details subjected to monotonic and cyclic loading in the laboratory. The laboratory study may be followed by a field implementation project.

Project details:

  • Project number: 2000011
  • Start date: 01/2000
  • Project status: Completed
  • Research area: Infrastructure
  • Topics: Bridge design and sensing