Near-Surface-Mounted Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcements for Flexural Strengthening of Concrete Structures


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Title: Near-Surface-Mounted Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcements for Flexural Strengthening of Concrete Structures

Author(s): Raafat El-Hacha and Sami H. Rizkalla

Publication: Structural Journal

Volume: 101

Issue: 5

Appears on pages(s): 717-726

Keywords: bar; beam; carbon; concrete; fiber-reinforced polymer; glass; groove; strength; thermoplastic

Date: 9/1/2004

The use of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials for strengthening bridges and buildings has been used extensively in the last decade. FRP has been used in different configurations and techniques to use the material effectively and to ensure long service life of the selected system. One of these innovative strengthening techniques is the near-surface mounted (NSM) that consists of placing FRP reinforcing bars or strips into grooves precut into the concrete cover in the tension region of the strengthened concrete member. This method is relatively simple and considerably enhances the bond of the mounted FRP reinforcements, thereby using the material more effectively. This paper presents test results of reinforced concrete T-beams strengthened in flexure with different strengthening systems using FRP reinforcing bars and strips as NSM reinforcement and externally bonded FRP strips. The FRP reinforcements used in this investigation include carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) reinforcing bars and strips and glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) thermoplastic strips. The behavior and effectiveness of the materials used for the various strengthening systems are compared. The structural performance and modes of failure of the tested beams are presented and discussed. Test results indicated that using NSM FRP reinforcing bars and strips is practical, significantly improves the stiffness, and increases the flexural capacity of reinforced concrete beams. The limitations of using NSM FRP reinforcing bars and strips are controlled by serviceability requirements in terms of overall deflections and crack widths rather than delamination, observed by many researchers, of externally bonded FRP reinforcement. Strengthening of reinforced concrete beams using NSM FRP strips provided higher strength capacity than externally bonded FRP strips using the same material with the same axial stiffness.