Carbon footprint analysis of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) incorporated pedestrian bridges: A Case Study

Jianguo Dai, Tamon Ueda

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Abstract

This paper presents a case study on the carbon footprint of a fibre reinforced polymer (FRP)-incorporated pedestrian bridge in comparison with a conventional prestressed concrete (PC) one. The CO 2 emission is used as an index and calculated for both the material manufacturing and the construction processes. It is shown that using an FRP-incorporated pedestrian bridge to replace a conventional prestressed concrete (PC) bridge may reduce the CO 2 emission by 18% and 70%, respectively, during the material manufacturing and construction periods, leading to a total reduction by about 26%. Such reduction is expected to be more significant if the life-cycle CO 2 emission is accounted for, since the former type of bridge is free of corrosion and almost maintenance-free. Therefore, FRP-incorporated bridges may become a more competitive alternative to conventional reinforced concrete (RC) or PC ones with the increasing attention paid on the sustainability and environmental friendliness of construction industry by our society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNovel and Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies for Sustainability
Pages724-729
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2012
Event13th International Conference on Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies: Novel Construction Materials and Technologies for Sustainability, 13NOCMAT 2011 - Changsha, Hunan, China
Duration: 22 Sep 201124 Sep 2011

Publication series

NameKey Engineering Materials
Volume517
ISSN (Print)1013-9826

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies: Novel Construction Materials and Technologies for Sustainability, 13NOCMAT 2011
Country/TerritoryChina
CityChangsha, Hunan
Period22/09/1124/09/11

Keywords

  • Carbon foot print
  • Concrete
  • FRP
  • Life cycle
  • Pedestrian bridge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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