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Webinar on Infrastructure Applications of Fibre-reinforced Polymer Composites (Jointly organized by HKIE CVD and PolyU)

Technical Seminar:
Infrastructure applications of fibre-reinforced polymer composites

Date, time & venue

23 November 2022 (Wednesday), 17:00-18:00, Seminar via Zoom Meeting

Organized by

HKIE Civil Division and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Programme Highlight
The deterioration of civil infrastructure constructed with steel and concrete is a huge global challenge and has led to massive rehabilitation and maintenance costs worldwide. To address the deterioration problem, extensive research has been conducted in the past three decades on the use of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites as a durable structural material. In infrastructure, the use of FRP composites was initially explored in the strengthening of existing structures, and more recently in the construction of high-performance new structures. In the area of strengthening, external bonding of FRP composites is now a mainstream technology. In the area of new construction, many innovative structural forms enabled by FRP composites have been explored and some of them have been used in practice. Because of their excellent corrosion resistance, the use of FRP composites in infrastructure development is particularly important for Hong Kong due to the coastal environment here which makes corrosion of steel a big problem. This talk will present the recent advances in this area in both research and practice, including some ongoing projects at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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Free of Charge.

Prof YU Tao is a Professor in Structural Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prof YU’s research is in the general field of emerging structural materials and systems, with a strong focus on the application of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for the development of innovative high-performance structures. Prof YU’s research has led to an excellent understanding of, and design methods for, various types of novel structural members. Prof YU’s research outcomes on two types of novel hybrid structural members incorporating FRP, namely, concrete-filled FRP tubes and hybrid FRP-concrete-steel double-skin tubular members, have been largely adopted by the relevant Chinese national standard. Prof YU has published two book chapters and over 150 research papers, which have received over 5400 citations in Scopus, with an h-index of 41. Prof. YU received a number of prestigious awards, including the Distinguished Young Researcher Award from the International Institute for FRP in Construction.


Registration & Enquiries

Please complete the on-line registration at The number of participants is limited to 500 on a first-come-first served basis. Priority will be given to members of the Civil Division.

Email registration will not be accepted. Successful applicants will be informed by email and provided a link to the Zoom Meeting at the designated time slot. Participants need to sign in using the membership no. and name entered at the time of registration. A CPD certificate will be issued 3 weeks after the seminar based on this membership no. and name.

For enquiries, please contact Mr. Alan Yan via email: