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Queensland takes lead on composite bridge standards

9 November 2014

Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) recently published technical specifications and design criteria for the manufacture and installation of fibre composite bridge girders.

The specifications pave the way for increased use of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite girders to be used as super structures on the state’s new bridges and for the maintenance of aging timber bridges.

Composites Australia welcomed the approval of the technical specifications MRTS59 Manufacture of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composite Girders and MRTS60 Installation of Fibre Composite Girders detailed in the Design Criteria for Bridges and Other Structures Manual (August 2014. Chapter 16)

“The Queensland government is to be commended for taking the lead on these standards, opening opportunities for Australia’s composites manufacturers and suppliers to enter the infrastructure market,” said Composites Australia Executive Manager Kerryn Caulfield.

Dr Ross Pritchard, Executive Director (Structures Technical Advice) said: “The advancement of these specifications for the manufacture of FRP and installation of fibre composite girders demonstrates TMR’s commitment to work with industry and academia to introduce innovative products”.

You can download the technical specifications from the Department’s website here … .They are detailed in Chapter 16 of Volume 1: Design Criteria for Bridges and Other Structures.