Fibre-reinforced polymer materials are used increasingly in civil infrastructure applications, for both new build and repair. The growth in the use of composite materials for structural applications, either as the sole material component or for applications that involve concrete and metallic materials, has highlighted the need for more rigorous training and competence assurance in the installation and approval processes.
As a result, specifiers and end-users of the technology were keen to see the development of a certification scheme for the competency of personnel involved in this work. This need has now been met by CSWIP, working with the industry stakeholders, putting in place an international scheme which meets the needs of all the stakeholders in the sector.
This scheme specifies the examination and certification of personnel (installers and supervisors) who are required to apply and inspect unidirectional fibre composite plates to strengthen existing concrete structures and also in new build. It includes an understanding of the extent of a strengthening project, comprising initial work, surface preparation, mixing and application of adhesive, application of FRP plate and inspection during and after installation.
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