A Code of Practice for the structural design of fibre composites

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Ayers, Stephen R. and van Erp, Gerard. 2004. "A Code of Practice for the structural design of fibre composites ." Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings. 157 (1), pp. 3-8. https://doi.org/10.1680/stbu.157.1.3.36408
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A Code of Practice for the structural design of fibre composites

ERA Journal ID4267
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAyers, Stephen R. (Author) and van Erp, Gerard (Author)
Journal TitleProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings
Journal Citation157 (1), pp. 3-8
Number of Pages6
Year2004
Place of PublicationLondon, England
ISSN0965-0911
1751-7702
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1680/stbu.157.1.3.36408
Web Address (URL)http://www.atypon-link.com/TELF/doi/pdf/10.1680/stbu.157.1.3.36408
Abstract

The lack of appropriate structural design standards for composite materials is a major inhibitor to the wider usage of these materials in mainstream civil engineering. In 2000, the Composites Institute of Australia (CIA) moved to address this problem on a national level and initiated a programme to develop an Australian industry code of practice for the structural design of fibre composites. This paper discusses two of the initial topics addressed by this programme: the development of a national system of grading and certification for composite constituents, and an alternative approach to the characterisation of unidirectional lamina behaviour. The paper outlines the basis for investigation of each of these topics, and discusses the research approach that has been adopted. In the case of characterisation of lamina behaviour, the paper also presents initial results from associated experimental programmes.

Keywordscodes of practice and standards; composite structures; design methods
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020400510. Structural engineering
401602. Composite and hybrid materials
Byline AffiliationsFibre Composites Design and Development
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