Many industries, such as the aerospace and the automotive industries have successfully used Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites (FRPC). These types of composite materials offer significant advantages over conventional civil engineering materials, such as concrete and steel. This is due to their chemical and corrosion resistance, lightweight, and high strength, which make them attractive for the rehabilitation of civil infrastructures. The objective of this research project is to study the feasibility of using of FRP as a retrofit or construction material for bridge decks. This has been accomplished by means of a synthesis study. This study included a comprehensive literature review of externally bonded FRPC strengthening systems and of the current state of knowledge on technologies involved in the design and construction of FRPC bridge decks, and a web-based survey of other state Departments of Transportations (DOTs) on their use of FRPC materials for bridge decks.

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FRP, composites, strengthening, bridge decks, retrofit, fiber reinforced polymers, SPR-2490

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Joint Transportation Research Program

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West Lafayette, IN

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