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Development and Performance Evaluation of Concrete Sleepers Reinforced with GFRP Bars


Topic ID
53

Thesis Topic/Title
Development and Performance Evaluation of Concrete Sleepers Reinforced with GFRP Bars

Description

Concrete sleepers have become widely and successfully accepted for railway sleepers. However, this type of sleepers is vulnerable to rail-seat deterioration and concrete cracking resulting in the corrosion of steel reinforcements, thereby reducing its service life. Similarly, the steel reinforcement in concrete sleepers affects the train signalling systems causing costly operation delays and accidents. These issues are anticipated to be addressed by using FRP bars due to its non-corrosive and electromagnetic neutral properties. Thus, the aim of this project is to develop and investigate the structural performance of new concrete sleeper technologies reinforced with GFRP bars. It involves experimental and analytical studies to come up with a sleeper technology with optimum section and material usage, and assured structural performance.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • Centre for Future Materials
  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment

Field of Research
  • Civil Engineering
  • Materials Engineering


Application Open Date
25/03/2018

Application Close Date
31/12/2019

USQ Scholarship Applications

Pre-approved for Ethics
No

Admission Requirements

Please review the admission requirements for the academic program associated with this Thesis Topic

Knowledge on engineering mechanics, materials, experimentation and analytical investigation.




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