Pull-out Strengths of GFRP-Concrete Bond Exposed to Applied Environmental Conditions


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Title: Pull-out Strengths of GFRP-Concrete Bond Exposed to Applied Environmental Conditions

Author(s): Muhammad Ikramul Kabir, Bijan Samali, Rijun Shrestha

Publication: IJCSM

Volume: 11

Issue: 1

Appears on pages(s): 69-84

Keywords: GFRP-concrete bond, wet lay-up, pull-out strength, failure mode, strain profile, temperature cycles, wet–dry cycles, outdoor environment

Date: 3/30/2017

This paper presents results of an experimental investigation on the behaviour of bond between external glass fibre reinforced polymer reinforcement and concrete exposed to three different environmental conditions, namely, temperature cycles, wet–dry cycles and outdoor environment separately for extended durations. Single shear tests (pull-out test) were conducted to investigate bond strengths (pull-out strengths) of control (unexposed) and exposed specimens. Effect of the exposure conditions on the compressive strength of concrete were also investigated separately to understand the effect of changing concrete compressive strength on the pull-out strength. Based on the comparison of experimental results of exposed specimens to control specimens in terms of bond strengths, failure modes and strain profiles, the most significant degradation of pull-out strength was observed in specimens exposed to outdoor environment, whereas temperature cycles did not cause any deterioration of strength.

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