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Research & Development in Material Science

Effectiveness and Shape Design of CFRP Structural Sections in Roof Trusses

  • Open or Close Ajimituhuo JL and Abejide OS*

    Department of Civil Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria

    *Corresponding author: Abejide OS, Department of Civil Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria

Submission: February 21, 2018;Published: May 07, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/RDMS.2018.05.000624

ISSN: 2576-8840
Volume5 Issue5


Roof trusses have always been constructed using traditional materials such as timber and steel which have been used in industrial, agricultural and residential structures. This study aims at obtaining further effectiveness which can be attained when Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) is used as the structural section materials of a roof truss. A CFRP truss section is compared with the same 350W (AISC 2005) steel truss section subjected to same loading conditions Results indicate that the steel truss withstand deflections more than the CFRP truss in both linear and non linear analysis. The CFRP truss was 77% lighter that the steel truss. It was also concluded that the shape of sections used in steel can be adopted for CFRP structures.

Keywords: CFRP; Roof trusses; FEM and reliability; Structural section; Optimization

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