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Characterising dynamic performance of fibre reinforced polymer structures for resilience and sustainability

This project aims at providing a step change to design practice by developing new procedures and recommendations for design against dynamic actions. Outcomes from this project will provide the crucial missing information required for the reliable design of light-weight FRP structures, and pave the way towards this structural material becoming a 'material of choice' for future large-scale bridges and other dynamically loaded structures.
The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. To develop an instrumented bridge structure at the University of Warwick campus that will provide unique insight into both static and dynamic performance over the course of the project, and beyond.
  2. To provide novel experimental data on dynamic properties and in-service vibration response of nine full-scale FRP structures.
  3. Critical evaluation of the numerical modelling and current vibration serviceability design approaches.