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Polymers 2014, 6(5), 1366-1380; doi:10.3390/polym6051366

Effect of Shear Resistance on Flexural Debonding Load-Carrying Capacity of RC Beams Strengthened with Externally Bonded FRP Composites

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Department of Management Science and Engineering, Shandong Institute of Business and Technology, Yantai 264005, China
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College of Civil Engineering & Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
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Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, Ningbo 315100, China
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Received: 8 February 2014 / Revised: 29 April 2014 / Accepted: 4 May 2014 / Published: 13 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites in Structural Engineering)
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Abstract

Debonding failure is the main failure mode in flexurally strengthened reinforced concrete beams by externally bonded or near surface mounted fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. It is believed that FRP debonding will be initiated if the shear stress on the concrete-FRP interface reaches the tensile strength of concrete. However, it was found through experimental and analytical studies that the debonding mechanism of FRP composites has the potential of shear failure in combination with debonding failure. Moreover, the shear failure probably influences the debonding failure. Presently, there are very little experimental and analytical studies to investigate the influence of shear resistance of reinforced concrete (RC) beam on FRP debonding failure. The current study investigates and analyzes the effect of shear resistance on FRP debonding failure based on test results. The analytical results show that the shear resistance of RC beam has a great effect on flexural debonding load-carrying capacity of FRP-strengthened RC beam. The influence of shear resistance on flexural debonding load-carrying capacity must be fully considered in flexural strengthening design of RC beams. View Full-Text
Keywords: reinforced concrete (RC) beam; carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP)-strengthened; shear resistance; flexural debonding load-carrying capacity reinforced concrete (RC) beam; carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP)-strengthened; shear resistance; flexural debonding load-carrying capacity
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Li, G.; Zhang, A.; Jin, W. Effect of Shear Resistance on Flexural Debonding Load-Carrying Capacity of RC Beams Strengthened with Externally Bonded FRP Composites. Polymers 2014, 6, 1366-1380.

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