Title: Bond Degradation of Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Bars Embedded in Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Cementitious Composite under Harsh Conditions
Author(s): Ahmed G. Bediwy and Ehab F. El-Salakawy
Publication: Materials Journal
Appears on pages(s): 149-159
Keywords: basalt fiber pellets; glass fiber-reinforced polymer; headed-end bars; pullout; residual bond strength
This study aims at assessing the long-term bond behavior of headed-end glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) bars to basalt fiber-reinforced cementitious composite (BFRCC) exposed to 300 consecutive freezing-and-thawing cycles, followed by 75 cycles of wetting and drying, mimicking successive winter and summer seasons. A total of 85 pullout specimens reinforced with recently developed basalt fiber pellets and steel fibers were tested. The durability of the specimens was quantified in terms of visual analysis, residual compressive strength, relative dynamic modulus of elasticity, as well as the residual pullout capacity. The addition of fibers was capable of retaining approximately 90% of the pullout capacity for specimens exposed to harsh conditions owing to the restriction of cracks in the fiber-reinforced cementitious composites. Therefore, the results confirmed the suitability of steel-free reinforcement systems for long-term application under severe freezing-and-thawing and wetting-and-drying environments.