FiberCore Europe regards the appearance of the new recommendation in the CUR96:2017 ‘Fiber-reinforced polymers in structural and civil engineering supporting structures’ as very valuable for designing and building in The Netherlands. The recommendation also proves that The Netherlands has a leading position in Europe for the use of composites in construction and infrastructure. The thoroughly revised guideline shows that composites have now matured and have been fully accepted as regular construction material, in addition to – and in collaboration with – wood, concrete and steel.

The choice to align the directive with European standards (Eurocode 0) means that the directive gives many recognizable handles to the manufacturer to design state-of-the-art, safe, robust and sustainable composite structures. Designing with composite materials has thus become more accessible. The directive is seen as leading in Europe and is considered an important basis for the development of a new Eurocode standard for composites. An English version will therefore soon appear.

As market leader, FiberCore Europe has explicitly contributed to the realization of this recommendation. The recommendation offers the constructor insight into, among other things;
– Material properties and factors appropriate to the Eurocodes
– Design rules (do’s and don’ts)
– Production methods
– Assessment methods and calculation rules
– Composite-own points of interest (consequences of damage, impact, visco-elastic material behavior, high strength vs low stiffness, …)
– Durability
– Detailing
– Connections (including adhesives)
– Inspection and management

In the CUR 96:2017, rightly a lot of attention is paid to the design criterion ‘robustness’ of constructions designed and manufactured with composite material. This design risk is characteristic of most flat composite constructions.

Precisely this design risk using the InfraCore® Inside technology full table. On the level of structural safety , however, sufficient security is guaranteed – also in the long term. This extensively tested and proven technology (more than 700 bridges, bridge decks and lock parts realized) prevents structural failure due to fatigue and closes the effects of delamination as a result of possible damages in combination with long-term load completely. The initial load capacity remains fully guaranteed.

Constructions of FiberCore Europe are always carried out with the InfraCore® Inside technology.

For more information about the new CUR Recommendation or designing with composite materials, please contact the FiberCore Europe sales department or engineering: +31 (0)10 – 476 58 58 or info@fibercore-europe.com

To order (in Dutch, English version will soon appear) CUR96:2017 Vezelversterkte kunststoffen in bouwkundige en civieltechnische draagconstructies: www.crow.nl