Size Effect of Axial Compressive Strength of CFRP Confined Concrete Cylinders

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Title: Size Effect of Axial Compressive Strength of CFRP Confined Concrete Cylinders

Author(s): Romuald-Kokou Akogbe, Zhi-Min Wu, and Meng Liang

Publication: IJCSM

Volume: 5

Issue: 1

Appears on pages(s): 49-55

Keywords: size effect; compressive strength; CFRP; concrete cylinder; confinement

Date: 6/30/2011

Abstract:
The main objective of this investigation is to study size effect on compressive strength of CFRP confined concrete cylinders subjected to axial compressive loading. In total 24 concrete cylinders with different sizes were tested, small specimens with a diameter of 100mm and a height of 200mm, medium specimens with a diameter of 200mm and a height of 400mm, and big specimens with a diameter of 300mm and a height of 600mm. The lateral confining pressure of each specimen is the same and from that hypothesis the small specimens were confined with one layer of CFRP, medium and big specimens were performed by two and three layers of CFRP respectively. Test results indicate a significant enhancement in compressive strength for all confined specimens, and moreover, the compressive strengths of small and medium specimens are almost the same while a bit lower for big specimens. These results permit to conclude that there is no size effect on compressive strength of confined specimens regardless of cylinder dimension.


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