Experimental Analysis of Crack Growth in GFRP Reinforced Concrete

For decades, bridge slabs have been troubled by the corrosion of steel reinforcement. The unique corrosion resistance of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) bars makes them a promising alternative to steel bars. Experiments have been conducted to investigate the bond performance of GFRP reinforced concrete under constant amplitude cyclic fatigue loading. Each specimen was an identical length beam with a single GFRP bar at the bottom, intended to simulate a transverse strip of a typical bridge deck slab. The crack growth was monitored for specimens of different widths, simulating different transverse reinforcement spacings. Up to 2 million cycles of cyclic loads were applied at 100% typical service load levels. No fatigue failure was encountered in the testing. The effects of moderate overloads were also investigated.

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    • Zou, Yunyi
    • Huckelbridge, Arthur
  • Publication Date: 2007-3


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  • Accession Number: 01049474
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2007 9:18PM