Construction, inspection, and maintenance of FRP deck panels

Taehoon Hong, Makarand Hastak

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Composite materials are clearly having a major impact on how facilities are designed, constructed, and maintained. In order to enhance the application of fiber-reinforced composites in infrastructure renewal, it will be important to understand the constructability, maintainability, operability, and inspection issues related to the use of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) structural components. This paper identifies these issues as well as fabrication issues, construction methods, quality, man-hour requirements, cost and productivity issues, and the skill level required to install FRP bridge deck panels. The data required for this research were collected through two questionnaire studies, personal interviews with two manufacturers of FRP bridge deck panels (i.e., Hardcore Composites and Martin Marietta Composites), and candidate projects for FRP bridge deck construction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number004606QCC
Pages (from-to)561-572
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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