Strengthening of Concrete Structures using Steel Wire Reinforced Polymer


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Title: Strengthening of Concrete Structures using Steel Wire Reinforced Polymer

Author(s): W. Figeys, L. Schueremans, K. Brosens, and D. Van Gemert

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 230


Appears on pages(s): 743-762

Keywords: design model; external reinforcement; steel wire reinforcedpolymer (SWRP)

Date: 10/1/2005

This paper deals with a new material for external reinforcement: Steel WireReinforced Polymer (SWRP). It consists of thin high-strength steel fibres embedded in apolymer laminate. This innovative material combines the advantages of steel platesand CFRP, which are already used today. The material cost of SWRP is relatively low,and the laminate is quite flexible. In the feasibility part, the practical use of SWRP isstudied. Further, the available design model for externally bonded reinforcement forconcrete elements is confronted with the results of an experimental program, carriedout at the Reyntjens Laboratory of KULeuven. The model is adapted accordingly.