ELONGATE MEMBER REINFORCEMENT WITH A STUDDED COLLAR

In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave America’s infrastructure a D+, based on the country’s crumbling infrastructure. Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, which are lightweight, corrosion resistant, and have a high strength to weight ratio, show promise for strengthening and rehabilitating structures, but can be cost prohibitive.

The proposed device utilizes FRP to strengthen or reinforce columns, pipes, and walls at a lower cost. The device secures a support layer to a structure with a collar to facilitate load transfer between the structure and support layer, enhancing the overall strength and durability of the structure.