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Polymers 2018, 10(6), 678; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10060678

Finite-Element Investigation of the Structural Behavior of Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymer (BFRP)- Reinforced Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC) Decks Slabs in Thompson Bridge

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School of Environment and Civil Engineering, Dongguan University of Technology, Dongguan 523080, China
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Key Laboratory of Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
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School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT9 5AG, UK
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Received: 21 May 2018 / Revised: 13 June 2018 / Accepted: 14 June 2018 / Published: 18 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Simulations of Polymers)

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The need for a sustainable development and improved whole life performance of concrete infrastructure has led to the requirement of more durable and sustainable concrete bridges alongside accurate predictive analysis tools. Using the combination of Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC) with industrial by-products and fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), reinforcement is anticipated to address the concerns of high carbon footprint and corrosion in traditional steel-reinforced concrete structures. This paper presents a numerical investigation of the structural behavior of basalt fiber-reinforced polymer (BFRP)-reinforced SCC deck slabs in a real bridge, named Thompson Bridge, constructed in Northern Ireland, U.K. A non-linear finite element (FE) model is proposed by using ABAQUS 6.10 in this study, which is aimed at extending the previous investigation of the field test in Thompson Bridge. The results of this field test were used to validate the accuracy of the proposed finite element model. The results showed good agreement between the test results and the numerical results; more importantly, the compressive membrane action (CMA) inside the slabs could be well demonstrated by this FE model. Subsequently, a series of parametric studies was conducted to investigate the influence of different parameters on the structural performance of the deck slabs in Thompson Bridge. The results of the analyses are discussed, and conclusions on the behavior of the SCC deck slabs reinforced by BFRP bars are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: bridge deck slabs; SCC; BFRP; CMA; finite element analysis; structural behavior bridge deck slabs; SCC; BFRP; CMA; finite element analysis; structural behavior
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Zhou, L.; Zheng, Y.; Taylor, S.E. Finite-Element Investigation of the Structural Behavior of Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymer (BFRP)- Reinforced Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC) Decks Slabs in Thompson Bridge. Polymers 2018, 10, 678.

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