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Polymers 2016, 8(8), 298;

Fiber Reinforced Polymer Strengthening of Structures by Near-Surface Mounting Method

The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606, USA
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Academic Editors: Alper Ilki and Masoud Motavalli
Received: 17 June 2016 / Revised: 26 July 2016 / Accepted: 3 August 2016 / Published: 11 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from “SMAR 2015”)
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This paper provides a critical review of recent studies on strengthening of reinforced concrete and unreinforced masonry (URM) structures by fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) through near-surface mounting (NSM) method. The use of NSM-FRP has been on the rise, mainly due to composite materials’ high strength and stiffness, non-corrosive nature and ease of installation. Experimental investigations presented in this review have confirmed the benefits associated with NSM-FRP for flexural and shear strengthening of RC and URM structures. The use of prestressing and anchorage systems to further improve NSM-FRP strain utilization and changes in failure modes has also been presented. Bond behavior of NSM-FRP-concrete or masonry interface, which is a key factor in increasing the load capacity of RC and URM structures has been briefly explored. Presented studies related to the effect of temperature on the bond performance of NSM-FRP strengthened systems with various insulations and adhesive types, show better performance than externally bonded reinforcement (EBR) FRP retrofitting. In summary, the presented literature review provides an insight into the ongoing research on the use of NSM-FRP for strengthening of structural members and the trends for future research in this area. View Full-Text
Keywords: near surface mounted; NSM; flexure; shear; prestressed; masonry; URM; bond; temperature; review near surface mounted; NSM; flexure; shear; prestressed; masonry; URM; bond; temperature; review

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Parvin, A.; Syed Shah, T. Fiber Reinforced Polymer Strengthening of Structures by Near-Surface Mounting Method. Polymers 2016, 8, 298.

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