Sharing Knowledge

Communities throughout the U.S. have successfully used composite materials to improve the resiliency of their infrastructure. But many builders, designers, engineers and other decision-makers need more information and more guidance before they feel comfortable using the material for this purpose.

NIST is trying to accelerate the acceptance of composite materials for infrastructure applications by developing a roadmap for its adoption. One key component will be the development of a clearinghouse to provide data and design guidelines gathered from completed projects.

Climatologists are predicting an increase in both the severity and frequency of dangerous weather. So it’s essential that communities get the data and the tools they need to take advantage of the materials that can best help them protect and maintain their infrastructures. In more and more cases that means composite materials.

FRP fenders prevent boats from damaging electrical transmission towers. Made from resilient composites, these fenders will return to their original shape after a collision. Photo Credit: Composite Advantage