Countries that are developing have a construction industry which allocates about 40-50% of the construction budget, which is intended for the rehabilitation of existing concrete infrastructures. There are a lot of things that make up the rehabilitation cost, but the significant portion consists of repair, maintenance, inspection, and seismic retrofitting.
The most expensive ones and challenging to maintain and construct are the water tanks, tunnels, and bridges. Investments are huge also especially if it is for new infrastructure as well as in the maintenance and repair of existing foundations. After all, there is an increasing demand in the sustainability, durability, and productivity of buildings.
In a specifically large country, about 500 million pounds are being allocated for the rehabilitation of concrete structures that are structurally deficient. There is also a need to spend heavy indirect costs for the rehabilitation process of roads and bridges. If there is a timely and well-planned manner of carrying out maintenance activities for the roads, then less disruption will happen to the users.
One of the most essential materials that will be able to determine the expected service life as well as the strength of a structure is the concrete reinforcement. An example of this is the traditional steel reinforcement, which is not susceptible to any corrosion that will, later on, lead to expensive maintenance and repair. The materials should then be selected carefully by the civil engineers so that the probability of longer service life will increase with minimum maintenance.
The deficiency of the materials to be used is caused by widespread structural deficiency. There are also environmental demands that are being imposed by society together with this, and even if you can secure the durability of the infrastructure constructions since this is considered as the most important environmental parameter, the main drivers are still the environmental issues when it comes to the development of new products. Included int he new materials are the cement as well as the FRP reinforcement which can reduce impact in the environment.
Fiber-reinforced plastic materials have been increasing its popularity and are gaining acceptance in the circles of civil engineers because of their desirable and unique properties. Some of the factors that fiber-reinforced plastic composites can provide include high strength, corrosion resistance, minimum maintenance, and ease of installation, for the possible solution of steel corrosion and deterioration.
So that future requirements will be met, structural engineers are therefore mandated to explore environmental friendly and innovative materials. One of the most challenging issues that the industry is facing today when it comes to modern construction techniques and the development of sustainable materials is concrete deterioration. Stakeholders such as material producers, researchers, and construction agencies have to do an excellent job to come up with a civil infrastructure that is sustainable and more dependable.
This is the reason the application of fiber-reinforced plastic composites in civil engineering should be known around the world. There are already a lot of countries who are making use of FRP construction products instead of steel and other materials that people traditionally use. That is why it wouldn’t hurt to try and use it as well.