Analytical Study of Concrete Girders Retrofitted with Epoxy-Bonded Composite Laminates

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Title: Analytical Study of Concrete Girders Retrofitted with Epoxy-Bonded Composite Laminates

Author(s): Hamid Saadatmanesh, Mohammad R. EhsaniI, and Wei An

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 165

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 235-260

Keywords: beams (supports); composite construction (concrete and plastic); epoxy resins; girders; plates (structural members); Structural Research

Date: 12/1/1996

Abstract:
Analytical models based on the compatibility of deformations and equilibrium of forces are presented to predict the stresses and deformations in concrete beams strengthened with fiber composite plates epoxy-bonded to the tension face of the beams. The models are given for beams having rectangular and T cross sections. A parametric study is conducted to investigate the effects of design variables, such as plate area, plate stiffness and strength, concrete compressive strength, and steel reinforcement ratio. The moment versus curvature diagrams for various combinations of these variables are plotted and compared. The results indicate that bonding composite plate to a concrete beam can increase the stiffness, yield moment, and flexural strength of the beam. The method is particularly effective for beams with a relatively low steel reinforcement ratio.