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Dr Allan Manalo

Topic: Developments and applications on FRP reinforcing bars in concrete structures

Authors: Allan Manalo1, Ginghis Maranan1, Brahim Benmokrane3, Darren Lutze
1 University of Southern Queensland; 3 University of Sherbrooke; 4 Inconmat V-Rod Australia

Presented by: Dr Allan Manalo, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Centre for Future Materials, University of Southern Queensland


Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcing bars have been extensively investigated and a number of FRP bars are now commercially available. However, the use of FRP bars as internal reinforcement in concrete structures is still unfamiliar to many practising Australian engineers due to limited research and development activities on this material in Australia. This paper provides an overview on the current research and developments on FRP bars to ensure that Australia is properly informed in the engineering research for this advanced material allowing its responsible introduction and wide use in civil infrastructure. Firstly, research and developments around the world on the application of FRP bars as internal reinforcement in concrete beams, columns and slabs are presented. Secondly, the results of the on-going efforts in Australia on the evaluation of the potential use of FRP bars in concrete structures are discussed. Finally, some field applications of the GFRP bars to a number of civil infrastructures in Australia are highlighted.

Keywords: FRP bars; composites; concrete

Presenter’s resume

Dr Allan Manalo is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). He completed his master’s studies at Saitama University, Japan in 2008, and his doctoral studies at USQ in 2011, both in the field of Structural Engineering. He is a key researcher at the Centre for Future Materials (CFM), USQ. Since 2012, Dr Manalo has been leading research projects at USQ relating to the use of FRP bars as internal reinforcement to concrete structures. He is an associate member of the CAN/CSA S807-10 standards on “Specification for fibre-reinforced polymers.”