On 23-27 January the FRP training course on “Reinforcing and strengthening of structures with FRP reinforcement” took place at Ghent University.
Offering high strength, light weight and excellent durability characteristics, in combination with ease of application, FRP (Fibre Reinforced Polymer) reinforcement has become a technique of increased popularity in the construction sector. Since the early 1990’s commercial applications of strengthening with bonded FRP reinforcement and of FRP reinforced and prestressed concrete structures have been growing numerously. With a share of 17%, composites in construction have become one of the main sectors in the global composites market. Furthermore, FRP as non-traditional reinforcement has reached a broad status of recognition in the previous years and is entering mainstream design codes, such as fib Model Code 2010.
This course gives an excellent exposure on the design and application of FRP reinforcement in new construction and rehabilitation and is taught by international experts in this field. The aim of the course is to train participants with specific knowledge and skills, allowing them to consider, design and apply FRP reinforcement in a systematic way.
The fib/endure/COST FRP training course is an organisation by fib (Task Group 5.1 and Commission 5), the Marie Curie project 'endure' and COST action TU1207, with the support of the Engineering Society ie-net, the Belgian Concrete Society and the UGent Institute for Post-Academic Education.