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The International Concrete Abstracts Portal is an ACI led collaboration with leading technical organizations from within the international concrete industry and offers the most comprehensive collection of published concrete abstracts.
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March 1, 2024
Girish Narayan Prajapati, Shehab Mehany, Wenxue Chen, and Brahim Benmokrane
This paper presents an experimental study that investigated the physical and mechanical properties of the helical wrap glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) bars. The physical tests are conducted to check the feasibility and quality of the production process through the cross-sectional area and evaluation of the fiber content, moisture absorption, and glass transition temperature of the specimens. While the mechanical tests in this study included testing of the GFRP specimens to determine their tensile properties, transverse shear, and bond strength. Four bar sizes (#3, #4, #5, and #6), representing the range of GFRP reinforcing bars used in practice as longitudinal reinforcement in concrete members subjected to bending, are selected in this investigation. The GFRP bars had a helical wrap surface. The tensile failure of the GFRP bars started with rupture of glass fibers followed by interlaminar delamination and bar crushing. The bond strength of the GFRP bars satisfied the limits in ASTM D7957/D7957M. The test results reveal that the helical wrap GFRP bars had physical and mechanical properties within the standard limits.
Michelle L. Hendrickson, Christine A. Langton, and Joan Q. Wu
Sixty percent of the nation's highly toxic and radioactive mixed wastes are stored at Hanford in 177 deteriorating underground storage tanks. To close or remove these storage tanks from service and place them in a condition that is protective of human health and the environment, the tanks must be physically stabilized to prevent subsidence once wastes have been retrieved. Remaining residual liquid waste in the tanks that cannot be removed must be solidified and the solid wastes encapsulated to meet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, and the State of Washington requirements. The Department of Energy has developed cementitious flowable concretes to restrict access and provide chemical stabilization for radionuclides. Formulation, laboratory, and field testing for application at Hanford began with flowable, self-leveling structural and non-structural fills. A slump flow equal to or greater than 610 mm, 0% bleed water, and 0.1% (by volume) shrinkage measurements were key parameters guiding reformulation efforts that resulted in highly flowable, self-consolidating concretes that met Hanford 241-C Tank closure short- and long-term regulatory and engineering performance requirements.
Haitham A. Ibrahim, Mohamed F. M. Fahmy, and Seyed Saman Khedmatgozar Dolati
This study numerically investigates the long-term effectiveness of using externally bonded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) plates as a strengthening technique for reinforced concrete (RC) beams. A two-dimensional finite element model (FEM) that can accurately predict the flexural behavior of FRP strengthened RC beams, is developed. Weathering exposure time of 0.0, 15.5, 35, and 75 years were considered. In total, 28 different concrete beams were modelled using the developed FEM. The results show that prolonged exposure to natural weathering can cause premature FRP debonding, even before reaching the yielding load. The ultimate load capacity, midspan deflection, and ductility of strengthened RC beams can be reduced by up to 38%, 62%, and 100%, respectively. In addition, the findings raised concerns about the applicability of the ACI 440.2R-17 provisions for calculating the design flexural strength of FRP strengthened RC beams with prolonged exposure to natural weathering. To ensure a safe design for strengthened beams with FRP debonding or concrete crushing failure modes, this paper recommends an additional reduction factor ranging from 0.8 to 0.9. Furthermore, periodic inspection using non-destructive testing and FRP anchorage system are highly recommended for both existing and new applications of FRP in structures.
Ahmed Khalil, Rami A. Hawileh, and Mousa Attom
This study explores technological advancements enabling the utilization of GFRP bars in concrete structures, particularly in coastal areas. However, GFRP bars often encounter reduced bend strength at specific bend locations, which may pose a challenge in their practical application. Various properties such as the strength of bent GFRP bars are crucial for quality assurance, yet existing testing methods stated in ASTM D7914M-21 and ACI 440.3R-15 have limitations when applied to different GFRP bent shapes. Furthermore, those methods require special precautions to ensure symmetry and avoid eccentricities in specimens. To address these challenges, CSA S807:19 introduced a simpler standardized testing procedure that involves embedding a single L-shaped GFRP stirrup in a concrete block. However, the specified large block size in CSA S807:19 Annex E may pose difficulties for both laboratory and on-site quality control tests. Therefore, CSA S807:19 Annex E (Clause 7.1.2b) permits the use of a customized block size, as long as it meets the bend strength of the FRP bars without causing concrete splitting. To date, very few prior research has explored the use of custom block sizes. Therefore, this study aims to thoroughly investigate the strength of bent FRP bars with custom block sizes and without block confinement. Such an investigation serves to highlight the user-friendliness and efficiency of the CSA S807:19 Annex E method. The study recommends two block sizes: 200x400x300 mm (7.87x15.75x11.81 in) for bars <16 mm (0.63 in) diameter and 200x200x300 mm (7.87x7.87x11.81 in) for bars <12 mm (0.39 in). Additionally, the study cautions against using confinement reinforcement, especially with smaller blocks, as it could interfere with the embedded bent FRP bar. Furthermore, the study suggests incorporating additional tail length to mitigate the debonding effects resulting from fixing the strain gauges to the bent portion of the embedded FRP bar. By exploring these modifications, the study seeks to enhance the effectiveness of the testing procedure and expand its practical application for both laboratory and on-site quality assurance. The findings hold implications for the reliable testing of GFRP bars' strength, advancing their use as reinforcement in concrete structures.
John J. Myers
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) 440.1R-15 Guide for the Design and Construction of Structural Concrete Reinforced with Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Bars linearly reduces the bar stress and thereby pull-out capacity of FRP bars to zero from an embedment length at 20 bar diameters (db) or less. Most experimental research and data examine the development length of various FRP bars at longer, more traditional, embedment lengths. A database was created from select available data in literature to compare to empirical standards. This investigation examines the bond performance of short embedded FRP bars into concrete considering a pull-out failure mode to expand the understanding of short embedded FRP bars into concrete. Based upon the database collected, for the glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) rebars, the current 440.1R appear quite conservative. For the basalt fiber-reinforced polymer (BFRP) rebar database collected, the current ACI 440.1R-15 provisions appear unconservative for a statistically significant number of the specimen test results within the database. In the case of the carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) database, which is quite limited, the data appears to develop considerably less bond strength than the current 440.1R provisions might suggest which requires deeper investigation for the case of short embedment length bonded CFRP bars.
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