Repair of a Model Masonry Arch Bridge using FRP

Y. Tao, J.F. Chen, T.J. Stratford

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Masonry arch bridges form a significant proportion of the road and rail infrastructure in the UK. As the majority of these were constructed in the 19th century or earlier, most of them were not designed originally to carry the loads imposed on them by modern traffic. Many existing masonry arch bridges have therefore been damaged and may require repair or strengthening. This paper presents a laboratory test on a single ring large scale model masonry arch bridge. The bridge was loaded close to collapse and so that cracks formed to
simulate damage. The bridge was then repaired by bonding fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) onto its intrados, and tested to destruction. The results show that the FRP strengthening is an effective technique for increasing the load capacity of the bridge using a small amount of FRP.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Composites in Construction 2009
PublisherNetComposites Ltd.
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventAdvanced Composites in Construction (ACIC 09) - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sep 20093 Sep 2009


ConferenceAdvanced Composites in Construction (ACIC 09)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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