03-26-2015 Report

Meeting Recap – March 26, 2015

FRP/ Carbon Fiber in Concrete Repair

03-2015_pic2The ICRI-Georgia chapter held its March 2015 lunch meeting on a beautiful sunny spring day at Maggiano’s in the Dunwoody area of Atlanta.  James Dunlap of Simpson Strong Tie greeted the 24 attendees and thanked all who attended the meeting.  James opened the meeting by recognizing guests, including the guest speaker, who were in attendance.  Joel Garland of W. R. Meadows discussed the upcoming ICRI outing at Georgia Tech (Georgia Tech versus University of Georgia baseball game) on April 14th, 2015 and stressed the event does benefit the ICRI student scholarship fund.

Kevin Davenport, a senior field engineer with Simpson Strong Tie gave a very informative and interesting presentation on “FRP/ Carbon Fiber in Concrete Repair”.  Kevin discussed the uses of FRP or carbon fiber reinforcing to strengthen concrete structural members such as columns, beams, and walls.  Kevin discussed how carbon fiber can be used to repair damaged or deteriorated structure or to increase their load carrying capacity for projects such as seismic upfits.  Kevin passed around several samples of the carbon fiber reinforcing which can be installed in strips, mats, or wraps depending on the application and design.

James Dunlap later adjourned the meeting by once again thanking all who attended and reminded all members to invite a guest to the upcoming April luncheon.