Experimental Study of Shear Behavior of Continuous Beams Reinforced with Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer

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Title: Experimental Study of Shear Behavior of Continuous Beams Reinforced with Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer

Author(s): A. G. Razaqpur and D. Mostofinejad

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 188

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 169-178

Keywords: beams (supports); concrete; fiber reinforced polymer; shear; test

Date: 8/1/1999

Abstract:
Four 6.5 m long two span continuous beams were tested to investigate the feasibility of using FRP grids as shear reinforcement. The beams were longitudinally reinforced with equal amounts of CFRP reinforcement while transversely two beams were reinforced with steel stirrups and two with CFRP grids. The two spans of each beam had identical amount and disposition of reinforcement, and were symmetrically loaded with a point load at the center of each span. For the beams with steel stirrups, the so-called Av/s = 2.0 mm while for the ones with CFRP grids the equivalent quantity was 1.75 mm. The elastic modulus of the grid was half the elastic modulus of the steel. The beams were monotonically loaded to destruction and they all failed in flexure. Despite their lower shear reinforcement ratio, the beams with the CFRP grid performed as well as those with the steel stirrups. They actually failed at 10% higher load than the beams with steel stirrups. Strain values of up to 0.4% were measured in the grids. Recognizing the practical convenience of grid shear reinforcement over custom manufacturing of stirrups, and considering their satisfactory performance, as observed in the present testing program, the use of FRP grids as shear reinforcement is indeed feasible.