Benefits of Integrating Advanced Composite Materials Into Modular Construction For Enhanced Structural Performance


  • Peter Adekunle University of Johannesburg
  • Clinton Aigbavboa University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Osamudiamen Otasowie University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Opeoluwa Akinradewo University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Nwabisa Pheza University of Johannesburg, South Africa


Modular construction, Advanced composite materials, Structural performance, Sustainability, Innovation, Life-cycle assessment


Building projects in a variety of industries can now be completed more quickly and affordably with the use of modular construction. Nonetheless, there are still difficulties in keeping the benefits of modular construction while guaranteeing sustainability, durability, and structural integrity. To overcome these issues and open up fresh possibilities for modular building innovation, this study suggests looking at the integration of modern composite materials. High-performance concrete mixes, carbon fibre composites, and fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs) are examples of advanced composite materials that offer special qualities such high strength-to-weight ratios, corrosion resistance, and design flexibility. Modular building has the potential to outperform traditional materials in terms of structural performance, longevity, and sustainability by using these attributes. In order to attain data saturation, this study performed seven virtual interview sessions to examine the integration. Those who participated in the interviews included project managers, modular building experts, senior managers from building-related firms, and officials from government construction agencies. A thematic approach was used to conduct a detailed analysis of the data gathered from these interviews. The findings of the study will further the comprehension of the benefits of using cutting-edge composite materials into modular buildings. The results will also influence industry standards, regulatory frameworks, and design guidelines in order to facilitate the broad use of composite-modular building systems.




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