About this online course

Overview

Learn how to design and build with Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) -also known as fiber-reinforced plastics-, the new high-performance composite material in building and infrastructure projects.

If you want to progress the application of FRP in your projects and need relevant knowledge and experience, this course, co-created by TU Delft experts and selected (industry) partners, is for you!

Fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs) are a new material in structural engineering practice and architecture. Low weight and high durability make FRPs a promising solution for many applications. However, so far widespread use of FRP composites in buildings and infrastructure projects is held back by lack of knowledge and lack of clear design guidelines.

Benefits of using FRPs

  • FRPs offer designers opportunities for innovative, free-form design;
  • Construction companies can benefit from reducing the weight of a bridge deck for example and experience a snowball effect with reductions in the costs for foundations, lifting equipment, transportation, bearings, etc.;
  • Infrastructure owners can make profits in the long term by investing in FRP structures which are corrosion and fatigue free and therefore exclude costly and time-consuming maintenance.

FRPs in building and infrastructure
In this course you will learn about engineering applications with FRPs in building and infrastructure development. There are more widely available courses about the use of composite materials in the field of aerospace engineering. But aspects and requirements such as scale, laminate composition, nature of loading, environment, life-span, production techniques and tolerances, quality control, inspection and maintenance are quite different in construction projects compared with aerospace and automotive applications.

The course is designed for professionals who may include early-career and senior structural engineers, consultants, reviewers, project managers and decision makers at investors and/or state institutions, who have experience with classical structural engineering materials.

What you'll learn
In this course you will improve your career perspectives by learning about manufacturing, durability, mechanical behavior and studying the available design guidelines.

After taking the course, structural engineers and architects will be able to:

  • Exploit the advantages of FRPs with respect to traditional materials in infrastructure and building projects whilst being aware of the limitations that exist for specific applications.
  • Make informed selections from the wide range of different FRP materials and production processes suited to a specific application.
  • Deliver a realistic design for FRP structures.
  • Perform design verification for simple to modestly complex structural members and joints between members.
  • Use analytical and computational methods to analyze structural behavior and obtain results for design verifications.

Reviewers and project managers at state institutions or investors will be able to:

  • Perform critical reviews of the applicability and implementation of FRP material in construction projects.
  • Follow the construction process and recognize critical points in the projects that need special attention.

Consultants and decision makers will:

  • Obtain clear insight into when to use FRP instead of classical building materials.

(Re)design your project using FRP and receive personalized feedback
Throughout the course you will work with hands on exercises. The exercises will include the option to bring your own case of a previous project to redesign using FRP. Design verifications will also be included. Feedback will consist of personal comment from the instructors and peer review from other participants. In this way, you will explore the possibilities of using FRPs for projects and in roles that are relevant for you.

Up-to-date academic developments will be used. Experiments and simulations performed by the instructors will provide a link between the theory and practice of material behavior.

The team at TU Delft and guest instructors have over 10 years of experience in design, review, research and education in fields of bridges, structural mechanics, FRP composites and steel and hybrid structures.

Contributing partners:

  • Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Infracore Company
  • TNO
  • WMC Knowledge Centre

Learner's quote:

"A wonderful course! The contents are well prepared covering the manufacturing technology, basic material properties, behavior when subjected to various loading conditions, existing design standards and practical examples of the FRP structures already in place. FRP is a material of the future and this course provides a clear insight into the advanced design aspects. A must for every Structural Engineer." – Rajat Capor, previous course participant

Details

Course Syllabus:

Module 1 – Introduction
Examples of applications (new-build, retrofitting), life-cycle assessment (LCA) results indicators, constituents of the composite material, rule of mixtures.

Module 2 – Structural design
Construction and assembly, developing an FRP solution, conceptual design, design of materials.

Module 3 – Mechanical behavior of the material
Orthotropic behavior, failure modes, simulation tool.

Module 4 – Specific behavior of the material
Durability, environment, production, robustness, FRP decks.

Module 5 – Design verifications
Design codes and recommendations, verification of cross sections and members, Verification of joints, finite element analysis (FEA) in design verifications.

Module 6 – Discussion of the designs and Wrap-up
Peer review with help of the instructors. Discussion of the assignments (cases).

Assessment & Assignments

There will be a group assignment related to conceptual design based on your own previous project:

  • Conceptual design
  • Preliminary design
  • Input for the final design

Design verifications will be practiced through an individual assignment focusing on a generic case:

  • Using of a simulation tool
  • Design of a hollow beam
  • Optimizing the layup
  • Selection of safety factors
  • Unity checks
  • FEA (optional)

The third assignment will consist of peer review of other participants' work on the first two assignments.

Most of the assignments will have the final deadline at the end of the course. The final feedback will always be provided by the course instructors.

Qualifications

Certificates

If you successfully complete this course you will earn a professional education certificate and you are eligible to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Admission

This course is primarily geared towards working professionals.

Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor of Science or Engineering (BSc or BEng).
  • Experience with structural engineering on professional level.

Admission process
In order to complete your admission process you will be asked to upload the following document:

  • a copy of your passport or ID card (no driver's license)

Contact

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