Innovative 3-D FRP Sandwich Panels for Transportation Infrastructure

The primary objective of this research program is to study and examine the structural performance of innovative 3-D FRP sandwich panels produced by Martin Marietta Composites, USA. The panels consist of GFRP laminates and foam core sandwich where top and bottom skin GFRP layers are connected together with through-thickness fibers. Failure modes and mechanisms are investigated through a comprehensive experimental program at NC State University. Stiffness and strength analysis methodologies are established and a complete set of design guidelines for FRP Sandwich panels are provided. This research is currently in progress at the Constructed Facilities Laboratory at North Carolina State University, NC, USA.

Research Team

  1. Tarek Hassan

Related Journal Publication List

  1. “Behavior of Insulated Precast Prestressed Concrete Sandwich Wall Panels Reinforced with CFRP Grid”, Accepted for Publication, PCI Journal, Spring 2011, pp. 42-54. Frankl, B., Lucier, G., Hassan, T. and Rizkalla, S., (2011).
  2. “Analysis and Design Guidelines of Precast/Prestressed Composite Load-Bearing Sandwich Wall Panels”, PCI Journal, Spring 2010, Vol. 55, No. 2, pp.147-162. Hassan, T. and Rizkalla, S. (2010).
  3. “FRP Shear Transfer Mechanism for Precast, Prestressed Concrete Sandwich Load Bearing Panels,” ACI Special Publication SP-265-28, October 2009, pp. 603-626. Rizkalla, S., Hassan, T. and Lucier, G., (2009).