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Title: Strength Reduction Factors for Flexural Design of Concrete Beams Prestressed with Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Tendons

Author(s): S.-M. Jeong

Publication: Symposium Paper

Volume: 193


Appears on pages(s): 791-806

Keywords: beam; concrete; ductility; reinforcement; tendon

DOI: 10.14359/9960

Date: 8/1/2000

Current codes of reinforced concrete design, mainly concerned with ductile steel reinforcements, do not yet address the use of brittle FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) tendons. In order to use them more frequently in structural applications in industry, reliable design methods and code coefficients should be established, taking into account the material properties. This paper discusses the flexural design of concrete beams prestressed with FRP tendons with emphasis on the strength reduction factors in the USD (Ultimate Strength Design Method). According to the code requirements, the reduction factor should consider the degree of ductility. New reduction factors for the flexural design are recommended based on a reliability analysis, in which the target reliability indices have been set in due consideration of the ductility. The recommended factors range from 0.7 to 0.9 depending upon the degree of ductility. The factors are lower than that (=0.9) of beams with steel reinforcements, allowing for the possible lack of ductility in beams with FRP tendons.