Damage Approach for the Prediction of Debonding Failure on Concrete Elements Strengthened with FRP

In this study, experimental and numerical procedures are proposed to predict the debonding failure of concrete elements strengthened with fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs). Such debonding is modeled as a damage process, which takes place in a band along the bond line (crack band). Three-point bending tests were designed to obtain the softening curve of the crack band. Numerical simulations are conducted using a plastic-damage model. In this approach, the damage resulting in debonding is defined using the softening curve of the crack band. Numerical results are validated against experimental results obtained from single-lap shear tests. The numerical models were capable of predicting experimentally observed load vs. strain behavior, failure load, and failure mechanism of the single-lap shear specimens. The predictive capabilities of the numerical approach presented here were further investigated by means of a parametric study of the single-lap shear test. Results from this study indicate the applicability of the crack band approach to predict the behavior of concrete–FRP joints; they also indicate that failure load determined from a single-lap shear test is geometry dependent.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Coronado, Carlos A
    • Lopez, Maria M
  • Publication Date: 2007-7


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  • Accession Number: 01055353
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 18 2007 10:43PM