Title: Review of FRCM Strengthening Solutions for Structural Wall Panels
Author(s): Cristian Sabau, Cosmin Popescu, Gabriel Sas, Thomas Blanksvärd and Björn Täljsten
Publication: Symposium Paper
Appears on pages(s): 38.1-38.18
Keywords: FRCM, concrete, masonry, strengthening, structural walls
This paper summarizes the state-of-the-art on the topic of structural wall panels strengthened using fabric reinforced cementitious matrix composites (FRCM) composites. A systematic review of the literature is carried out to identify gaps in the available literature. A database of experimental tests, relevant for structural panels, was created and used to assess the influence of parameters such as test method, fiber type and material compressive strength, on the performance of FRCM strengthening. Since experimental investigations on walls strengthened with FRCM composites is still limited and mostly focused on shear, further investigations on walls as compression members can be considered timely, especially walls with openings, which have been overlooked. Experimental tests performed by the authors on reinforced concrete walls with openings are presented and assessed relative to the complete database. It was shown that FRCM composites are suitable repair solutions when new openings need to be created in existing walls.