TRANSFER LENGTHS AND BOND STRENGTHS FOR COMPOSITES BONDED TO CONCRETE

An effective method for strengthening existing concrete beams in bending consists in bonding fiber-reinforced composite laminates on the tension faces of the beams. Laboratory tests on beam specimens show, however, that it is often difficult to develop the full composite strength capacity because of premature failure due to delamination and peeling-off of the laminate. Conditions at the interface between the composite and concrete are not yet fully understood, and studies are required to determine the development lengths needed to achieve the composite's strength capacity. This paper reports results of an experimental and theoretical investigation of composite-to-concrete bonded joints. A new and fairly simple experimental apparatus capable of investigating the shear conditions between the composite and concrete is presented to determine the stress and strain distribution profiles in a composite laminate that is bonded to the concrete. A brief description of the apparatus is given and experimental results are presented; a theoretical analysis for the behavior of such composite-to-concrete bonded joints has also been developed, and predictions of the numerical model are compared to the experimental results.

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  • Accession Number: 00778692
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1999 12:00AM