Standardizing the use of composite materials in construction: the example of Italian qualification rules / Prof. Roberto Frassine, EuCIA
Standardization is a major requirement for composite materials being accepted by designers, contractors and authorites in the construction sector. The main source of law regulating the design and carrying out of building works in Italy are the Italian Civil Code and the Technical Regulations for Buildings (NTC) which are issued and periodically reviewed by the Superior Council of Public Works of the Infrastructure and Transportation Ministry. The Code does not contain explicit mention to design and application rules for composite materials, which are still classified as “innovative” materials: their use is therefore allowed only based on other documents of “proven validity”, like for example CEN Eurocodes or harmonized EN Standards. Being composite materials not yet mentioned in any of these documents, the Superior Council of Pubic Works has been actively involved during the last 10 years in publishing guidelines for design and qualification of composite materials for several different applications, like for example external strengthening or rebar. An overview of these activities will be given during the speech.