Structural performances of pultruded GFRP emergency structures – Part 1: Experimental characterization of materials and substructure

L. Cavaleri, M. Di Paola, M. F. Ferrotto*, T. Scalici, A. Valenza

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This paper presents an experimental study in the field of structures made of pultruded fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) elements to be used for emergency purposes. A preliminary design of a 3D pultruded glass fiber reinforced polymer structure is presented with the mechanical characterization of the constituting elements. The axial and flexural properties of laminate and I-shaped GRFP profiles are discussed considering the short term creep. In a companion paper, the benefits, the limits and the reliability of the structure analyzed for emergency applications are discussed. In details, the numerical structural analysis of the full-scale 3D model is described followed by the experimental assessment of the structural capacity by a full-scale 2D model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-334
Number of pages10
JournalComposite Structures
Early online date10 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2019



  • Composite structures
  • Emergency structures
  • Experimental tests
  • Glass-fibre-reinforced polymer GFRP pultruded profiles
  • Pultrusion

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