On 27th-30thJanuary the FRP training course on “Reinforcing and strengthening of structures with FRP reinforcement” took place at Ghent University and attracted more than 45 participants from 18 different countries. This intensive course, which is fully accredited by the Ghent University, is jointly organized by fib Task Group 5.1 ‘FRP reinforcement for concrete structures’ and Commission 9 ‘Dissemination of knowledge’, the EU funded Marie Curie ITN endure and COST action TU1207, and supported by Belgian Concrete Society, the Engineering Society ie-net and the Institute for Post-Academic Education of Ghent University.
The course provided an excellent overview on the design and application of FRP reinforcement in new construction and rehabilitation and was taught by international experts in the FRP field.
Participants had the opportunity to interact with experts in this field and discuss design issues, applications and future developments in the use of composite reinforcement for new construction and rehabilitation solutions.
The training school concluded with a hands-on laboratory session, during which participants also had the opportunity to manufacture their own composite plates, and a site visit was conducted to witness the results of the large strengthening job on an underground parking structure.