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Project Objectives

The main aims of the project are:
• to address the specific scientific challenges in the field detailed below and develop tests and models to help with the standardisation process
• to bridge the gap between academia and industry so as to accelerate the transfer of knowledge and adoption of FRP in construction.

Project Objectives

1. To provide comprehensive solutions to the following scientific challenges and support the development of standards, tests and models:
a) Develop advanced models for FRP interaction with concrete and masonry. Work in collaboration with fib TG 4.5 on Bond and proposed RTN network INTERACT.
b) Develop models and guidelines for anchorage of Near Surface Reinforcement and FRP tendons.
c) Develop test and standards for determining material mechanical characteristics.
d) Determine equations for long-term deformations for new structures with FRP reinforcement.
e) Develop models for the durability of FRP in different environments, develop standard tests and make proposals for determining safety factors for design.
f) Understand the behaviour of strengthened joints and statically indetermined structures and develop guidelines for seismic upgrading.
g) Develop advanced models for concrete confinement, taking into account the material type, shape of confined section and type of stresses to be resisted.
h) Develop an understanding of the behaviour of curved FRP and propose design guidelines. Work in Collaboration with EU Craft project “CurvedNFR”.
i) Develop and validate models for behaviour in fire and elevated temperature.
j) Develop techniques for post-strengthening non-destructive assessment.
k) Develop holistic approaches for strengthening with FRP concrete and historic structures.
l) Develop a new design philosophy flexible enough to accommodate new and future materials. Work in collaboration with several fib TGs to ensure that a new philosophy is accepted by the wider scientific community of Civil Engineers.

2. To create the environment for delivering the best training for young researchers:
a) Develop and deliver annually an Intensive Research Training course on composites for construction. All young researchers will be expected to attend this course.
b) Develop PhD programmes for the young researchers who stay for 36-month periods on the network.
c) Organise annual Young Researchers Conferences, at which all Young researchers funded by the network will be expected to submit papers and present their research.
d) Organise annual Research Poster Competitions for all Young researchers.
e) Provide the young researchers with access to the top experts in the field through joint meetings with fib TG 9.3 and other fib TGs.

3. To disseminate the research findings and guidelines through:
a) Joint publications in national/international journals.
b) Joint publication in major European/international seminars and conferences.
c) Production of fib bulletins.
d) Industry Seminars.
e) Establishment and maintenance of a dissemination web site.

4. To maintain an update on the state-of-the-art in the field through:
a) Plenary meetings of the RTN network.
b) Meetings of the fib TG 9.3 Composites in Construction .
c) Attendance of all major European and International Conferences in the field.
d) Work with existing projects such as CurvedNFR and proposed NoE COMPOCONSTRUCTION.

5. To enable young researchers through their training and mobility to “cross-pollinate” industry and academia:
a) All young researchers to have a mentor from industry in addition to an academic supervisor.
b) All young researchers spending more than 3 months on the network will be expected to establish links and collaborate with industry in the host country.

6. To identify the needs of the construction industry for advanced composites through:
a) Collaboration with fib TG 9.3, National Networks and proposed NoE
b) Questionnaire to Construction industry (Construction companies and Specialist Consultants)

7. To organise International Round Robin Tests on:
a) Strength and stiffness of FRP bars and laminates.
b) Anchorage of externally bonded reinforcement.

8. To study the potential of new composite materials for applications in construction through:
a) Attendance of all major European and International Conferences in the field.
b) Reports by individual researchers staying on the network for a period more than 12 months.

9. To help the European advanced composites industry identify improvements (including recyclability) and new uses for their materials in the concrete construction field by producing:
a) Database on existing materials and uses.
b) Report by a Working party.

10. To gather and maintain databases of information:
a) Database of scientific papers/reports.
b) Database of projects where composites were used in construction.

11. To manage the network effectively and efficiently, through:
a) Regular Management Group meetings.
b) A management web site with secure area for private network communications.