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Seminar Will Present Advantages of Fiber-Reinforced
Polymers for Bridges

Fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) can prolong the life of any type of bridge. Applications of FRP will be discussed at the seminar, “Fiber-Reinforced Polymers to Strengthen and Rehabilitate Bridges,” on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-12 noon, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla.

Part of ASTM December Committee Week activities, the event will be presented by ASTM Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials for the benefit of structural and maintenance engineers, bridge owners, general contractors, transportation authorities, and others involved in the rehabilitation of bridges.

FRP has been used since the late 1980s, when research on bridge columns pointed to its ability to enhance confinement strength, ductility, and shear capacity. Engineers are now using FRP to improve shear flexural and axial capacity of beams, girders, walls, slabs, piles, and other structural elements.

Seminar registration can be done on-site at the ASTM registration desk. For further technical information, contact the seminar chairman, Ron Watson, R.J. Watson Inc., Bridge and Structural Engineered Systems, PO Box 85, East Amherst, NY 14051 (716/741-2166; fax: 716-741-2580). For Committee D04 meeting or membership information, contact Staff Manager Dan Smith, ASTM (610/832-9727). //

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