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Cracking behavior and crack width predictions of FRP strengthened RC members under tension

Zomorodian, M., Yang, G., Belarbi, A. & Ayoub, A. (2016). Cracking behavior and crack width predictions of FRP strengthened RC members under tension. Engineering Structures, 125, pp. 313-324. doi: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.06.042


This paper presents and discusses the experimental results of uniaxial tensile tests of fiber reinforced polymer externally strengthened reinforced concrete (FRP strengthened RC) prisms in terms of crack width and crack spacing. As a non-contact and material independent system for in-time measurement of displacement and strain, the digital image correlation (DIC) technique has been used in this study for investigating the evolution of strains and formation of cracks during uniaxial tensile tests. As a result, the cracks were measured precisely at any load stage.

The experimental results of tests performed by authors and other researchers on FRP strengthened RC members in tension are compared to prediction models from code provisions and guidelines (Eurocode 2 and fib 14), and their suitability are analyzed and discussed. The results show the dependence of the behavior and crack characteristics of FRP strengthened RC members to parameters such as wrapping scheme and FRP reinforcement ratios which are not included in design provisions for crack analysis. A new formulation for predicting crack width and spacing in FRP strengthened RC members, calibrated using the experimental results, has been proposed which considers all the main affecting parameters.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Publisher Keywords: FRP; Cracking; Digital image correlation; Reinforced concrete; Strengthening
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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