Online Course: Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) Composites in Structural Engineering

TU Delft Open & Online Education

Programme Description

Online Course: Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) Composites in Structural Engineering

TU Delft Open & Online Education


Learn how to design and build with Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP), the new high-performance composite material for structural engineering.

If you want to progress the application of new high-performance materials in your projects but your experience in steel and concrete is still holding you back, then this is the course for you!

Fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs) are a new material in structural engineering practice and architecture. Low weight and high durability make FRPs a promising solution for many applications. However, so far the widespread use of FRP composites in buildings and infrastructure projects is held back by lack of knowledge and lack of clear design guidelines.

Benefits of using FRPs

  • FRPs offer designers opportunities for innovative, free-form design;
  • Construction companies can benefit from reducing the weight of a bridge deck for example and experience a snowball effect with reductions in the costs for foundations, lifting equipment, transportation, bearings, etc.;
  • Infrastructure owners can make profits in the long term by investing in FRP structures which are corrosion and fatigue-free and therefore exclude costly and time-consuming maintenance.

FRPs in building and infrastructure

In this course, you will learn about engineering applications with FRPs in building and infrastructure development. There are more widely available courses about the use of composite materials in the field of aerospace engineering. But aspects and requirements such as scale, laminate composition, nature of loading, environment, life-span, production techniques and tolerances, quality control, inspection, and maintenance are quite different in construction projects compared with aerospace and automotive applications.

The course is designed for professionals who may include early-career and senior structural engineers, consultants, reviewers, project managers and decision-makers at investors and/or state institutions, who have experience with classical structural engineering materials.

What you'll learn

In this course, you will improve your career perspectives by learning about manufacturing, durability, mechanical behavior and studying the available design guidelines.

After taking the course, structural engineers and architects will be able to:

  • Exploit the advantages of FRPs with respect to traditional materials in infrastructure and building projects whilst being aware of the limitations that exist for specific applications.
  • ·Make informed selections from the wide range of different FRP materials and production processes suited to a specific application.
  • Deliver a realistic design for FRP structures.
  • Perform design verification for simple to modestly complex structural members and joints between members.
  • Use analytical and computational methods to analyse structural behavior and obtain results for design verifications.

Reviewers and project managers at state institutions or investors will be able to:

  • Perform critical reviews of the applicability and implementation of FRP material in construction projects.
  • Follow the construction process and recognize critical points in the projects that need special attention.

Consultants and decision makers will:

  • Obtain clear insight into when to use FRP instead of classical building materials.

(Re)design your project using FRP and receive personalized feedback

Throughout the course, you will work with hands-on exercises. The exercises will include the option to bring your own case of a previous project to redesign using FRP. Design verifications will also be included. Feedback will consist of personal comment from the instructors and peer review from other participants. In this way, you will explore the possibilities of using FRPs for projects and in roles that are relevant to you.

Up-to-date academic developments will be used. Experiments and simulations performed by the instructors will provide a link between the theory and practice of material behavior.

The team at TU Delft and guest instructors have over 10 years of experience in design, review, research, and education in fields of bridges, structural mechanics, FRP composites and steel and hybrid structures.


  • Start Date: Jan 16, 2018
  • Admission Deadline: Jan 09, 2018
  • Cost: € 1000
  • Course Length: 8 weeks
  • Estimated Effort: 4 - 5 hours per week
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 21, 2017
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