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Engineering    2016, Vol. 2 Issue (4) : 518 -527
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Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Bridge Design in the Netherlands: Architectural Challenges toward Innovative, Sustainable, and Durable Bridges
Joris Smits()
Department of Architectural Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Delft 2628 BL, the Netherlands

This paper reviews the use of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs) in architectural and structural bridge design in the Netherlands. The challenges and opportunities of this relatively new material, both for the architect and the engineer, are discussed. An inventory of recent structural solutions in FRP is included, followed by a discussion on architectural FRP applications derived from the architectural practice of the author and of other pioneers.

Keywords Architecture      Structural design      Bridge design      Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP)      Bio-composites      Flexible molding systems      Monocoque structures     
Corresponding Authors: Joris Smits   
Just Accepted Date: 24 November 2016   Online First Date: 05 December 2016    Issue Date: 28 December 2016
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Joris Smits. Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Bridge Design in the Netherlands: Architectural Challenges toward Innovative, Sustainable, and Durable Bridges[J]. Engineering, 2016, 2(4): 518 -527 .
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