Joint KDOT-MoDOT: Evaluation of FRP Repair Method for Cracked PC Bridge Members

This research program was undertaken to investigate the effects that carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) have on the shear strength of under-reinforced, lab-scale prestressed concrete (PC) bridge girders. Many bridges in the states of Missouri and Kansas are structurally deficient and require either repair or replacement to ensure functionality. CFRP can offer a cost- and time-effective solution to these problems. For this purpose, 6 lab-scale PC bridge tee-girders were constructed for testing. Two girders were shear sufficient according to today's standards. The remaining 4 girders were shear deficient and required upgrade in order to achieve the same level of shear capacity as the shear-sufficient girders. The shear strengthening of these girders was performed using CFRP laminates applied by manual lay-up and near surface mounted CFRP bars. All beams, with the exception of the control one (i.e., a shear-deficient beam), were also strengthened in flexure using CFRP laminates. The observed failure mode of all strengthened beams was CFRP debonding. The flexural FRP laminate on each girder debonded before other failure modes could be experienced. Despite this, the three shear-strengthened girders did achieve a significant increase in load capacity over the control girder. Compared with the analytical prediction according to existing design guidelines, the shear-strengthened girders showed load carrying capacities equal to 1.01, 0.97 and 0.87 of the predicted value. Had flexural FRP laminate debonding not been the cause of failure, a closer match with prediction would have been possible.

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    • This research was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers program.
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    University of Missouri, Rolla

    Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies
    1870 Miner Circle Drive
    Rolla, MO  United States  65409

    Missouri Department of Transportation

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    Jefferson City, MO  United States  65102

    Research and Special Programs Administration

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    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Phillips, Sarah E
    • Parretti, Renato
    • Peterman, Robert
    • Nanni, Antonio
  • Publication Date: 2004-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 58p

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  • Accession Number: 01005729
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UTC R37-R37A-R63
  • Contract Numbers: DTRS98-G-0021 (Grant)
  • Created Date: Oct 9 2005 12:01PM