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Experimental characterization of a pultruded GFRP bridge deck for light-weight vehicles

Authors
Journal
Composite Structures
0263-8223
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
80
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2006.04.076
Keywords
  • Glass Fiber-Reinforced Plastics
  • Pultrusion
  • Bridge Deck
  • Finite Element Analysis

Abstract

Abstract A composite bridge deck system assembled from a modular profile with double-rectangular cells has been developed for light-weight vehicles. This paper presents the experimental characterization of the flexural performance of pultruded GFRP decks under static loading. Several tests were carried on single module and adhesively bonded modules. The specimen details such as dimensions, material properties and fiber architecture are given. Numerical verification is performed by using the general purpose finite element package ABAQUS. Experimental set-up, instrumentation, testing procedure, failure modes and the results of these experiments have been discussed in detail.

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