A Bio-based fibre-reinforced plastic pedestrian bridge for Schiphol
|Conference:||IABSE Conference: Elegance in structures, Nara, Japan, 13-15 May 2015|
|Published in:||Elegance in structures|
|Total no. of pages:||8|
The present paper investigates Bio-based fibre-reinforced plastics, used as a load-bearing element of a bridge. We aim to increase the renewable content and decreasing the embodied energy of FRP. To achieve that, the consisting raw materials of these plastics which are based on non-renewable resources, are substituted by alternative less energy intensive materials produced from biological renewable resources. The research focuses on the potentials of natural fibres for a successful substitution of artificial fibres used as reinforcement in load-bearing polymer composites, while
bio-based resins and natural core materials are analysed as well. The result of the research is applied on a real case scenario of a lightweight structure, a pedestrian bridge in Schiphol Logistics Park, a logistics zone under development adjacent to Amsterdam s International Airport.
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