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Corroded RC Beams at Service Load before and after Patch Repair and Strengthening with NSM CFRP Strips

Laboratory of Reinforced Concrete, Dept of Civil Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace (DUTh), 67100 Xanthi, Greece
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Buildings 2019, 9(3), 67; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9030067
Received: 19 January 2019 / Revised: 25 February 2019 / Accepted: 11 March 2019 / Published: 18 March 2019
This paper presents the experimental results of the structural behavior of four reinforced concrete beams with corroded steel reinforcement at service loads. One beam was non-corroded, one beam was corroded under an accelerated electrochemical technique to a small corrosion level (for one corrosion cycle), while two beams were corroded under the same conditions of an accelerated electrochemical technique and then subjected to vertical service loads that corresponded to 60% and 75% of the yield load of the non-corroded beam respectively for three corrosion cycles (with maximum mass loss around 25% for the first and 31% for the latter). Longitudinal cracks due to corrosion and flexural cracks due to loading were thoroughly recorded at the end of each cycle. The beam under the 75% service load had higher deflection increase for heavier corrosion. After the three successive serviceability load tests, the cracked concrete cover was removed and the steel rebars were treated. The cement-based repair mortar and two NSM FRP laminates were applied to both beams and were tested to failure. Despite the heavy corrosion, the patch repair and NSM strengthening enhanced the load-bearing capacity of the beams when compared with the non-corroded beam. All 10 tests are thoroughly discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: corrosion; carbon fibres; laminates; service loads; patch; NSM; HPC corrosion; carbon fibres; laminates; service loads; patch; NSM; HPC
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Triantafyllou, G.; Rousakis, T.; Karabinis, A. Corroded RC Beams at Service Load before and after Patch Repair and Strengthening with NSM CFRP Strips. Buildings 2019, 9, 67.

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