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In many environments, nonmetallics offer attractive performance characteristics and address environmental and sustainability challenges. Numerous guides, reports and specifications on nonmetallic technologies in concrete have been published over the past several decades.

 

NEx will expand knowledge and expertise in nonmetallic construction and materials. Additional education programs, certifications, standards development and adoption, and research are envisioned in the future.

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This webinar, jointly sponsored by NEx and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in April 2023, focuses on providing useful guidance for engineers and contractors interested in utilizing GFRP bars, with a special emphasis on the new manuals available for designing and installing GFRP-reinforced concrete. These valuable resources will help you familiarize yourself with the use of GFRP bars in your projects.

To earn continuing education credit for this webinar, please visit ACI University.

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

Speaker: William J. Gold, ACI

Due to an overwhelming response and questions from the audience of NEx Webinar 001: Practical Utilization of the New ACI CODE 440.11 on GFRP Reinforced Concrete, an extended session was recorded to address all the questions from the participants.

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

Speaker: William J. Gold, ACI

This webinar, jointly sponsored by NEx and American Concrete Institute (ACI) in May 2023, explores the use of Non-metallic (NM) fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites as cost-effective solutions for the built environment, offering limitless shape possibilities through the pultrusion process. By addressing limited awareness among professionals, it aims to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and tools to understand and implement NM pultruded solutions.

To earn continuing education credit for this webinar, please visit ACI University.

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

Speaker: Francisco De Caso, University of Miami

This webinar is jointly sponsored by NEx and American Concrete Institute (ACI). This webinar will focus on the advantages of using Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) bars as internal reinforcement in concrete structures and addresses misconceptions surrounding their performance. It will also highlight the environmental benefits and provides real-life examples of successful GFRP-reinforced projects, making it valuable for professionals interested in sustainable construction practices. 

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

Speaker: Borna Hajimiragha, MST Rebar Inc.

This webinar is jointly sponsored by NEx and American Concrete Institute (ACI). This webinar will discuss the current state of civil engineering education, the impact of codes on material usage, and present a vision for an innovative future incorporating nonmetallic materials. It will also highlight the challenges of including nonmetallic materials in the curriculum, given limited space and a fixed structure, and explore creative approaches to introduce them into the education system.

To earn continuing education credit for this webinar, please visit ACI University.

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

Speaker: David Lange, University of Illinois

This webinar is jointly sponsored by NEx and American Concrete Institute (ACI). This presentation will provide an overview of the types of synthetic fibers, and their applications, and offer practical recommendations for design and specifications. Key ACI documents related to fiber-reinforced concrete that will serve as valuable resources for practitioners involved in designing fiber-reinforced concrete elements will be highlighted.

To earn continuing education credit for this webinar, please visit ACI University

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

Speaker: Marc Rached, Master Builders Solutions

This webinar is jointly sponsored by NEx and American Concrete Institute (ACI). The webinar will explore the different types of polymer concrete systems along with key physical properties of each type. Additionally, examples of the varied applications will be described.

To earn continuing education credit for this webinar, please visit ACI University

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

Speaker: Michael S. Stenko, Transpo Industries

This webinar is jointly sponsored by NEx and American Concrete Institute (ACI). The webinar discusss the use of FRP in ground engineering applications such as rock anchors, soil nails, and rock bolts. Due to well-established long-term behavior studies, it focuses on how these composites are now utilized in permanent geotechnical engineering projects like tunnels and slope stabilizations.

To earn continuing education credit for this webinar, please visit ACI University

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

Speaker: Pierre Hofmann, Dextra Group

This webinar is jointly sponsored by NEx and American Concrete Institute (ACI). This webinar discusses practical applications of Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) in engineering situations that take advantage of the unique properties of this ductile material. Emphasis is placed on the engineering, cost, and environmental performances when compared with conventional steel-reinforced concrete on a project basis. Some challenges in the broader adoption of this relatively new member in the concrete family are also highlighted. 

To earn continuing education credit for this webinar, please visit ACI University

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

Speaker: Victor Li, University of Michigan

This webinar is jointly sponsored by NEx and American Concrete Institute (ACI). The webinar introduces the fire performance of reinforced concrete structures, covering research on reinforcing with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) sheets, plates, and glass FRP (GFRP) in columns, beams, and slabs. The discussion includes the impact of insulation on fire endurance, recent guidelines in ACI CODE-440.11-22, and proposed advancements in designing GFRP-reinforced concrete structures for fire resistance.

To earn continuing education credit for this webinar, please visit ACI University

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

Speaker: Mark Green, Queen's University

This webinar is jointly sponsored by NEx and American Concrete Institute (ACI). This webinar aims to provide insights into the historical background, recent research, and advancements related to using synthetic polymers for soil stabilization in engineering applications. It will explore the benefits, challenges, and potentials of innovative soil treatment techniques in civil engineering projects.

To earn continuing education credit for this webinar, please visit ACI University

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

Speaker: Anand Puppala, Texas A&M

Workshops

ACI Spring 2023 Convention, San Francisco, CA

This presentation was co-sponsored by NEx at ACI Spring Convention 2023 in San Francisco and is delivered by Cary Kopczynski, ACI past president and CEO of Cary Kopczynski & Company (CKC). The presentation focuses on an engineer’s perspective and considerations for designing with FRP reinforcement, and several case histories illustrating the successful use of FRP reinforcing in U.S. construction projects. 

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

This presentation was co-sponsored by NEx at ACI Spring Convention 2023 in San Francisco and is delivered by Matthew Chynoweth, National Complex Bridge Director for WSP USA. This presentation highlights the use of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for pre-tensioning and post-tensioning of concrete bridge elements, FRP mild reinforcement, and the use of FRP for strengthening and sustainability purposes in transportation infrastructure.

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

This presentation was co-sponsored by NEx at ACI Spring Convention 2023 in San Francisco and is delivered by Josh Beech, owner of Beech Contractors LLC. The presentation provides insights from a contractor’s perspective. It highlights the challenges faced during installation, including technical, manufacturing, and fabrication issues, as well as the learning curve and resistance to implementing this new technology. Despite these challenges, it highlights the potential of FRP reinforcement in various applications and expressed optimism about its future in concrete building and infrastructure projects.

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

This presentation was co-sponsored by NEx at ACI Spring Convention 2023 in San Francisco and is delivered by Rudolf Seracino, professor at North Carolina State University. The current Harkers Island Bridge consists of two bridges and serves as the only link to the mainland in Carteret County, North Carolina. Opened in 1970, Bridge No. 73 is structurally deficient, and Bridge No. 96 is functionally obsolete. Construction of the 3,200 ft long, 28 span, prestressed concrete replacement bridge began in the second half of 2021. To address the durability problems of existing bridges in the aggressive corrosive environment of coastal North Carolina, the Harkers Island Bridge replacement was designed as an all-FRP reinforced/prestressed concrete bridge – the first of its kind in North Carolina. This presentation will provide a detailed review of the design and construction progress of the replacement bridge. Lessons learned, best practices, and QA/QC measures will be shared from the perspective of the contractor, precaster, and design engineers.

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

This presentation was co-sponsored by NEx at ACI Spring Convention 2023 in San Francisco and is delivered by Matthew Senecal, ACI Director of Engineering. He presented his experiences as an engineer learning to design with GFRP. He discussed the challenges and lessons learned in transitioning from designing with conventional steel reinforcement to FRP reinforcement and highlighted the importance of technical knowledge and expertise in designing with FRP reinforcement.

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

This presentation was co-sponsored by NEx at ACI Spring Convention 2023 in San Francisco and is delivered by Brett McMahon, Chairman and CEO of Miller & Long Co., Inc. This presentation provides builder’s perspective on the “Cost-Saving Features of FRP Products.” McMahon shared insights on how FRP reinforcement can be cost and time effective in construction projects and elaborated on its advantages in terms of ease of placement, lighter weight, and noncorrosive nature.

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

ACI Fall 2023 Convention, Boston, MA

This presentation was cosponsored by NEx at ACI Fall Convention 2023 in Boston and was delivered by Steve Szoke, Distinguished Staff and Code Advocacy Engineer at the American Concrete Institute. Code requirements limit the application of building elements based on fire resistance ratings. This imposes limitations for structural concrete reinforced with GFRP reinforcement. However, polymer fibers may enhance the performance of structural concrete in fire scenarios. 

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

This presentation was cosponsored by NEx at ACI Fall Convention 2023 in Boston and was delivered by Venkatesh Kodur, a University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre on Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics at Michigan State University. In the presentation, the performance problems associated with FRP reinforced concrete structures will be illustrated. Data from both material testing and full-scale fire tests will be utilized to discuss fire performance of concrete members incorporating FRP-reinforcement. ...

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

This presentation was cosponsored by NEx at ACI Fall Convention 2023 in Boston and was delivered by Mark F. Green, an ACI Fellow and a professor in civil engineering at Queen’s University. This presentation will provide an overview of research conducted by the applicant and colleagues on both reinforced concrete members (columns, beams, and slabs) strengthened with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) sheets and plates and GFRP reinforced concrete slabs. ...

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

This presentation was cosponsored by NEx at ACI Fall Convention 2023 in Boston and was delivered by Steven Nolan, Senior Structures Design Engineer at the Florida Department of Transportation. ...Typical examples of recent experiences with fires above and under bridges, and the relating damage will be presented, highlight the differences perhaps with conventional building design fire resistance and potential considerations for bridge designed with FRP reinforcing members.

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

This presentation was cosponsored by NEx at ACI Fall Convention 2023 in Boston and was delivered by Dr. Shuna Ni, Assistant Professor in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Polymer concrete (PC) has gained popularity as an ideal material for constructing overlays in civil infrastructure such as bridge decks, owing to its superior properties including rapid surface hardening, high bond strength with underlying concrete, and notable resistance to water, chlorine, skidding, and abrasion. This study investigates the impact of vehicle fire exposure on the performance of PC overlays. ...

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

NEx Workshop: FRP Composites in the Face of Fire: Insights from Research and Industry
Fire Resistance of Concrete Structures Strengthened with Externally Applied FRP (F2023_6).

This presentation was cosponsored by NEx at ACI Fall Convention 2023 in Boston and was delivered by Tarek Alkhrdaji, Senior Vice President with Structural Technologies in Columbia, Maryland. Externally applied FRP composite systems provide attractive and cost-effective solutions for strengthening of concrete members due to their ease of construction and aesthetically favorable finished look. FRP strengthening systems are required to provide strength increase and also achieve the code required fire resistance. ...

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

NEx Workshop: FRP Composites in the Face of Fire: Insights from Research and Industry
Experimental Investigation and Finite Element Simulation of GFRP Reinforced Concrete on Grade Slab Exposed to Fire (F2023_7).

This presentation was cosponsored by NEx at ACI Fall Convention 2023 in Boston and was delivered by Hassan Al-Khalifa, a professional civil engineer, consulting services in Aramco, Saudi Arabia. ...The investigation includes the fire behavior of full-scale GFRP bar reinforced concrete slab subjected to industrial fire load. Once fire safety is assured, slabs reinforced with GFRP bars can be used in large areas of industrial facilities. Guidelines and specifications for 2-hour fire resistance of GFRP-reinforced concrete slab-on-ground are proposed.

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.

This presentation was cosponsored by NEx at ACI Fall Convention 2023 in Boston and was delivered by Capra Williams, Graduate Student in Structural Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. A state-of-the-art study on the fire resistance of pultruded FRP structural members was carried out to establish available fire testing information from literature and industry limitations compared with applicable code requirements in order to develop recommendations for how to improve the fire resistance of pultruded structural members for better implementation into the built environment. ...

Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this webinar are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of NEx, ACI, or its committees.