Predicting Fatigue Service Life Extension of RC Bridges with Externally Bonded CFRP Repairs

This paper presents the results of an experimental study on the fatigue performance of reinforced concrete (RC) beams strengthened with different externally bonded carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) systems. Seven specimens were fabricated; three had no CFRP; the remaining four had one of two CFRP systems. The objective of this study was to determine the effect the CFRP repair had on the growth rate of a fatigue crack initiating from a notch in the tensile rebars. The results of the experimental study showed an extended fatigue life and a slowed crack growth rate in specimens repaired with both CFRP systems. The crack growth rates were used to determine material constants for the Paris Law, which describes growth of a stable fatigue crack. These results were then used to propose recommendations for design of FRP repair systems for a specific fatigue life.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    Colorado State University, Fort Collins

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Fort Collins, CO  United States  80525

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

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  • Authors:
    • Sobieck, Tyler
    • Atadero, Rebecca
    • Mahmoud, Hussam
  • Publication Date: 2015-12


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 68p

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  • Accession Number: 01587638
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC 15-292
  • Created Date: Jan 27 2016 5:11PM