Bolted Structural Connections In Fiberglass Materials

This paper compares several methods of connecting fiberglass-reinforced pultruded plastic (FRP) structural members to tubular sections using bolted designs that are commonly used in the cooling tower industry. The study compares theoretically predicted values with full-scale actual laboratory test results. The geometry of the structural members studied herein are representative of the diagonal bracing typically found in cooling towers, but the results are not limited to just those members, nor only to the FRP structures found in cooling towers.

 

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