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Materials 2018, 11(5), 741;

Reliability Analysis of Bond Behaviour of CFRP–Concrete Interface under Wet–Dry Cycles

The School of Civil Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430000, China
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Received: 16 April 2018 / Revised: 28 April 2018 / Accepted: 3 May 2018 / Published: 7 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers)
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Effective bonding between adherents plays a key role in retrofitting concrete structures in civil engineering using fibre-reinforced polymers (FRPs). To ensure structural safety, it is critical to develop design codes, which account for uncertainties of materials, the environment, and load, to estimate bond behaviour under long-term exposure to harsh environments. Therefore, a reliability analysis was performed to study the bond behaviour of FRP–concrete interface under wet–dry cycles and sustained loading. Thirty double-lap, shear-bonded carbon FRP (CFRP)–concrete composite specimens were tested after wet–dry cycles and sustained loading exposure. The fracture energy Gf of the bond behavior between CFRP and concrete was directly obtained from the measured local bond-slip curves. Five widely used test methods were adopted to verify the possible distribution types of Gf. Based on the best fit distribution of Gf, a reliability index β was then calculated for the specimens. The effects of wet–dry exposure and sustained loading on β were analysed separately. The effects of the mean and standard deviation of the load on β were compared. It was found that the mean had a greater impact on reliability than the standard deviation, but neither changed the regulation of the exponential reduction of β with increasing wet–dry cycle time. Their impact was significant for a small number of wet–dry cycles but insignificant for more than 4000 wet–dry cycles. View Full-Text
Keywords: reliability analysis; FRP-concrete; bond behaviour; wet–dry cycles; sustained loading reliability analysis; FRP-concrete; bond behaviour; wet–dry cycles; sustained loading

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Liang, H.; Li, S.; Lu, Y.; Yang, T. Reliability Analysis of Bond Behaviour of CFRP–Concrete Interface under Wet–Dry Cycles. Materials 2018, 11, 741.

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