Tests on RC beams strengthened at the span with externally bonded polymers reinforced with carbon or steel fibers

George J. Mitolidis, Thomas N. Salonikios, Andreas J. Kappos

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Abstract

The main objective of the experimental work reported herein is the comparative evaluation of steel-reinforced polymers (SRPs) and carbon-reinforced polymers (CFRPs) used as externally-bonded reinforcement in strengthening of reinforced-concrete (RC) members. Tensile stress strain as well as bond constitutive laws for these materials were first derived from 16 tests and are summarized here. Results are then reported from four-point bending tests of five full-scale RC beams strengthened at their span using SRP and CFRP strips. The bond tests have shown that by providing a bond length greater than the effective one, neither the bond strength nor the deformation capacity are increased, whereas by increasing the width of the strip the bond strength is increased. From the bending tests of beams it was found that the use of both SRP and CFRP strips resulted in a significant increase in strength (up to 92%) with respect to the strength of the initial specimen. The experimentally measured strengths were estimated analytically using both the experimental measurements of the specimen deformations and the pertinent provisions of standards from the American Concrete Institute and the European Committee for Standardization.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)551-562
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2012

Keywords

  • Carbon-reinforced polymer (CFRP)
  • Flexural strengthening
  • Reinforced-concrete (RC) beams
  • Steel-reinforced polymer (SRP)
  • Testing

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