Wave equation analyses of fiber-reinforced polymer composite piling

Magued G. Iskander, Anna Stachula

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Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites represent an alternative construction material without many of the performance disadvantages of traditional materials. The use of FRP as a pile material can eliminate deterioration problems of conventional piling materials in waterfront environments and aggressive soils. The driveability of traditional piling can be predicted using wave equation analysis of piles (WEAP). The input parameters used in WEAP are obtained by back-analyses of actual case histories. The properties of FRP piling differ from those of conventional piling, so conventional WEAP input parameters may not work as well for FRP composite piling. In this paper, WEAP input parameters for three composite pile types are calibrated using available driving records. The driveability of FRP composite piling is also compared with that of piling made of conventional materials such as timber, steel, and concrete.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-96
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2002


  • Corrosion
  • Durability
  • Fiber-reinforced materials
  • Pile foundation
  • Polymers
  • Wave equation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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