Repair of Wood Piles with Composites

repair_of_wood_piles_4.jpg Decay and marine borers cause millions of dollars of damage in wooden waterfront structures each year. Damaged wood piles are usually extracted and disposed of in a landfill. In many cases, however, the most economical solution to dealing with these deteriorated structures could be to repair the existing piling rather than to remove it. Researchers at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center have developed a durable method of repairing in situ deteriorated wood piling using fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite splices. This research could help preserve marine structures, reduce disposal of chemically treated piles in landfills, and introduce new composite technologies to coastal communities. 




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