The Life-Cycle Costs of Fiber-Reinforced-Polymer Bridge Decks

January 19, 2024

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are currently being developed and integrated into bridge structures. This report examines the life-cycle cost effectiveness of three FRP bridge decks, using an economic method specifically tailored to comparing new materials like FRPs to more conventional construction materials. The method includes a cost classification scheme for capturing all project-related costs and for comparing in cost terms the design and constructability advantages of different materials. Analysis indicates that one of the FRP decks is life-cycle cost effective for a particular class of bridges and traffic levels.
M A. Ehlen
M A. Ehlen. (1999), The Life-Cycle Costs of Fiber-Reinforced-Polymer Bridge Decks. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering 11(3)