Recent London conference identified opportunities for composites in building restoration

The Network Group for Composites in Construction (NGCC) held the latest in a series of meetings in January to discuss the role of composites in restoration and conservation. A technical paper is the result.


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The Network Group for Composites in Construction (NGCC) has undertaken a state-of-the-art review of the use fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP) in restoration and conservation. Experts from UK industry and academia met in London in January 2007 to discuss the latest challenges in the field and present case studies. The workshop was one of a series of public events organised by NGCC, with free places for NGCC members, which advance understanding in the use of FRP in construction and share the latest developments with construction professionals and clients. The workshop identified the significant potential of FRP in the preservation of historical structures.

In the last two decades, fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) have gained considerable worldwide interest and growing acceptance in the construction industry. Much work has already been done to enable their advantages to be exploited in the preservation of historic structures, particularly their high strength, durability, cost effectiveness and the potential for minimal aesthetic impacts. Work is now underway to expand the range of potential applications, exploring important issues such as long-term durability, material compatibility, minimizing invasiveness, upgrade reversibility and optimizing material selection.

The workshop findings have led to the production of a new NGCC technical sheet entitled “TS06: FRPs in restoration.” The publication and workshop presentations can be downloaded from the NGCC members' e-library on the NGCC website www.ngcc.org.uk

For more information about NGCC visit the website www.ngcc.org.uk, e-mail: ngcc@netcomposites.com or telephone: +44 01246 541918.