Mechanical Prestressing System for Strengthening Reinforced Concrete Members with Prestressed Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Sheets

A new, practical mechanical prestressing system was developed to prestress carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) sheets. The system is used for strengthening reinforced concrete members. The main features of the system are as follows: (1) the prestressing forces are applied manually without using hydraulic jacks, (2) the prestressing level of the CFRP sheets can be controlled by using an electronic load cell, (3) the system is light weight and can be installed without using heavy lifting equipment, (4) the CFRP sheets are extended to the ends of the member where high shear stresses occur, and (5) releasing of the prestressing CFRP sheets is accomplished under a slow strain rate. An experimental program was conducted to check the validity and efficiency of the prestressing system by testing three reinforced concrete beams. One of these beams was used as a control beam, whereas the others were strengthened with prestressed CFRP sheets. Results show that the system is efficient and practical for prestressing CFRP sheets to strengthen reinforced concrete beams. The cracking and yielding loads increased with an increase in the prestressing level.


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  • Accession Number: 01536664
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2014 3:03PM