Materials and Structures

, Volume 42, Issue 9, pp 1261–1281 | Cite as

Fibre reinforced concrete: new design perspectives

  • Marco di PriscoEmail author
  • Giovanni Plizzari
  • Lucie Vandewalle
Original Article


Although the use of Fibre Reinforced Concrete (FRC) for structural applications is continuously increasing, it is still limited with respect to its potentials, mainly due to the lack of International Building Codes for FRC structural elements. Within fib (Féderation Internationale du Béton), the Special Activity Group 5 is preparing a New fib Model Code that aims to update the previous CEB-FIP Model Code 90, published in 1993, that can be considered as the reference document for Eurocode 2. The New Model Code includes several innovations and addresses among other topics, new materials for structural design. In this respect, FRC will be introduced. The Technical Groups fib TG 8.3 “Fibre reinforced concrete” and fib TG 8.6 “Ultra high performance FRC” are preparing some sections of the New Model Code, including regular and high performance FRC. This paper aims to briefly explain the main concepts behind the structural rules for FRC structural design.


Fibre Reinforced Concrete Constitutive laws Safety factors Characteristic length Structural behavior Redundancy Structural design 



A special acknowledgement goes to Prof. Joost Walraven for the fruitful discussions and to Prof. Falkner who shared its large design experience. The Authors are also grateful to all the members of fib Task Groups TG 8.3 and TG 8.6 for the constructive discussions during the several meetings where many ideas presented in this paper took a definitive shape.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco di Prisco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Giovanni Plizzari
    • 2
  • Lucie Vandewalle
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Structural EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Land and EnvironmentUniversity of BresciaBresciaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Civil EngineeringK. U. LeuvenHeverleeBelgium

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