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Title: Beam-Column Joint Retrofitting using BFRP Grid and Cementitious Matrices

Author(s): Chhoung Lim, Yeongseok Jeong, Minho Kwon

Publication: Structural Journal



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Keywords: basalt fiber-reinforced polymer (BFRP) grid; engineered cementitious composite (ECC); fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM); high-strength mortar; joint failure

DOI: 10.14359/51739190

Date: 10/1/2023

This paper focuses on retrofitting reinforced concrete (RC) beam-column joints using a new method namely fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM). This method is expected to be a substitute for externally bonded FRP as it works better in a moist and flammable environment. In this study, basalt fiber-reinforced polymer (BFRP) grids were used as reinforcement, and high-strength mortar and engineered cementitious composites (ECC) were used as a cementitious matrix. ECC is ductile and good for crack distribution. High-strength mortar is good for its high compressive strength, applicability, shrinkage resistance, pore-free, and high bonding strength. The retrofitting specimens were originally fabricated by taking out the concrete cover around the joint area, and it was filled back by the cementitious matrix to make up the original dimension using two different retrofitting types. As a result, the overall performances of the retrofitted specimen were improved regarding failure level, ductility, energy dissipation, strength, and stiffness degradation. The working mechanism of the retrofitted specimen tended to change as the stress concentration also attempted to shift from joint to beam for the ECC specimen.