Title: Analysis of a Fire Damaged and FRP Laminate Strengthened Reinforced Concrete Bridge
Author(s): Santosh Timilsina, Nur Yazdani, Eyosias Beneberu, and Abel Mulenga
Publication: Symposium Paper
Appears on pages(s): 179-196
Keywords: bridge tests, distribution factors, evaluation, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthening, finite element analysis, fire damaged bridge, load testing
Fire is a possible hazard on highway bridges which causes significant economic damage, and it is also one of the least investigated of all hazards. There is a lack of knowledge on the long term performance and structural integrity of fire damaged and fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) laminate retrofitted bridges. One such rare in-service bridge was selected for this study. The fire damaged cast-in-place non-prestressed girders were previously repaired with mortar and strengthened with FRP wrapping. The girders were instrumented with strain gages and displacement transducers, and a non-destructive live load test was carried out to evaluate the structural response. The results from the load testing were used to compare two identical girder spans with and without CFRP strengthening. A full-scale non-linear finite element model of the overall bridge superstructure was created, and the test results used to calibrate the model. The carbon (CFRP) strengthened girder exhibited similar stiffness compared to the undamaged girder as evidenced by almost equivalent mid-span deflection. The girder moment capacity decreased significantly due to fire damage, and the CFRP strengthening plus mortar repair was successful in restoring the moment capacity. The finite element model provided good correlation with load test results.