Reliant Testing Engineers, Inc.
Reliant Testing Engineers, Inc. Newsletter
February 2012
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SEISMIC UPGRADES WITH CARBON FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER SHEETS

 

Due to the aging of infrastructure and the need for upgrading to meet more stringent design requirements, structural repair and strengthening have received considerable emphasis over the past two decades. At the same time, seismic retrofit has become at least equally important, especially in California's earthquake-prone areas. State-of-the-art strengthening and retrofit techniques increasingly utilize externally bonded carbon fiber reinforced polymer sheets (FRP), which offer unique properties in terms of strength, lightness, chemical resistance, and ease of application.

 

In terms of strength, carbon fiber increases the in-plane shear and out-of-plane flexural strength, and it has been used for years in various parts of the world for this purpose. Carbon fiber is inherently non-corrosive and lightweight, unlike steel. And the ease of installation makes FRP very cost-effective and an efficient alternative to more invasive techniques.

 

The preparation of the application area and accurate batching along with proper application are key factors in the execution of the FRP application.   In addition to preparation and laydown observation, in-situ strength tests and laboratory materials testing are required.

Reliant Testing Engineers has extensive experience providing preparation and laydown inspection, and materials testing of "FRP" on various types of projects throughout California.

 

630 Newport Center Drive
Seismic Retrofit Project Completed YE 2011
630 Newport Center Drive

630 Newport Center Drive

16 story 237,000 SF Class A Office Building

and adjacent Parking Structure

 

  Structural Engineer
J.S. Dyer & Associates

FRP Applicator
ConTech Services
 

About Reliant Testing Engineers, Inc.

Reliant Testing Engineers, Inc. provides professional engineering services in the areas of construction materials engineering and geotechnical engineering, including deputy inspection services, forensics and all related testing in our full-service laboratory. Whether you're in commercial/industrial development, healthcare, education, government, retail, infrastructure, a municipal agency or a contractor, Reliant will service your needs with the highest degree of professional excellence and proficiency.

Contact Reliant Testing Engineers, Inc. at (714) 556-5867, or by email at
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Union Square Bank
Seismic Retrofit Project Completed YE 2011
Union Square Bank

600 S. Main Street, Orange

397,041 SF Class A Office Building

and adjacent Parking Structure

Built in 1962


Structural Engineer
Grimm & Chen Structural Engineering, Inc.

FRP Applicator
ConTech Services

 

 

1221 Ocean Avenue
Seismic Retrofit Project to be Completed YE 2012
1221 Ocean Avenue Ultra Lounge

1221 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

17 story building luxury apartments

and adjacent Parking Structure

Built in early 1970's


Structural Engineer
J.S. Dyer & Associates

General Contractor
Cuesta Construction

FRP Applicator
ConTech Services
 


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