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Title: Fatigue Behavior of CFRP Sheets Attached to Concrete Surface by Using EBROG Strengthening Method

Author(s): Mehdi Khorasani, Giovanni Muciaccia, and Davood Mostofinejad

Publication: Symposium Paper

Volume: 360


Appears on pages(s): 744-758

Keywords: fiber reinforced polymer (FRP), EBROG, strengthening, fatigue life, single shear test

DOI: 10.14359/51740660

Date: 3/1/2024

Mehdi Khorasani, Giovanni Muciaccia, and Davood Mostofinejad Synopsis: The externally bonded reinforcement on grooves (EBROG) technique has been recently shown to outperform its rival techniques of surface preparation (such as externally bonded reinforcement, EBR) employed to delay the undesirably premature debonding of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) from the concrete substrate in retrofitted structure. However, the behavior of EBROG method under fatigue loading has not been assessed yet, and the present study is the first attempt to achieve the above aim. For this purpose, an experimental program is conducted in which 16 CFRP-to-concrete bonded joints on the concrete slab prepared through the EBROG and EBR techniques are subjected to the single lap-shear test and fatigue cyclic loading. Furthermore, the bond behavior of CFRP strips-to-concrete substrate is investigated in this research in terms of the load capacity, slip, debonding mechanism, and fatigue life. The results showed that the grooving method improved the bond properties of CFRP-to-concrete joints under fatigue loading. By using this alternative technique, the number of cycles until failure (fatigue life) increases incredibly under the same fatigue cycle loading and the service life of strengthened members could be improved under fatigue loading. Furthermore, the effects of different loading levels on the behavior of CFRP-concrete joints installed by EBROG method are evaluated. The results showed that fatigue life of strengthened specimens decreases by increasing fatigue upper load limit. Finally, a new predictive equation was developed based on plotting the maximum applied fatigue load versus fatigue life curves for CFRP-to-concrete bonded joints for the EBROG method.