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Developments in Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites for Civil Engineering by N Uddin

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Introduction

A composite material combines two or more materials (e.g., fiber reinforcements and binder or matrix resins). These combinations are designed to obtain a material that achieves targeted performance objectives and properties. As an example, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are made of thermosetting or thermoplastic resins and glass and/or carbon fibers. The fiber network provides the load-bearing component of the composite while the resin contributes towards transferring loads to the fiber network and maintains fiber orientation. The resin controls the manufacturing process and processing variables. Resins also protect the fabrics from environmental factors such as humidity, high temperature, and chemical attack.

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