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Title: Use of CFRP Rebars as Retrofitting System for Masonry Panels

Author(s): F. Ferretti, A. R. Tilocca, A. Incerti, S. Barattucci, and M. Savoia

Publication: Symposium Paper

Volume: 360


Appears on pages(s): 413-422

Keywords: Experimental tests; Fiber Reinforced Polymers; Masonry; Pultruded bars; Shear behaviour; Structural strengthening.

DOI: 10.14359/51740640

Date: 3/1/2024

In the last decades, the devastating effects of earthquake events in seismic prone regions increased the attention on the vulnerability of existing constructions. Masonry walls especially experienced severe damage, both considering out-of-plane and in-plane mechanisms. To increase their resistance to horizontal forces, different strengthening systems can be applied. The objective of the present work is to study the efficiency of an innovative strengthening solution, involving the use of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) pultruded bars. An experimental campaign is presented, in which clay-brick single-leaf masonry panels are retrofitted by carbon FRP rebars, inserted into grooves cut within the masonry panel with a cementitious mortar, and CFRP sheets applied on the panel external surfaces. A total of seven direct shear tests (ST) and four diagonal compression tests (DC) were performed on unreinforced and strengthened samples. The results of the tests showed that the strengthening technique can be effective for the improvement of the shear sliding and diagonal cracking resistances, also allowing to deepen the knowledge of the principal failure mechanisms characterizing the FRP-retrofitted masonry elements.