Flexural Behavior of Continuous GFRP Reinforced Concrete Beams

The results of testing 2 simply and 3 continuously supported concrete beams reinforced with glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) bars are presented. The amount of GFRP reinforcement was the main parameter studied. Over/under GFRP reinforcements were applied for the simply supported concrete beams. Three different GFRP reinforcement combinations of over/under reinforcement ratios were used for the top and bottom layers of the continuous concrete beams tested. A concrete continuous beam reinforced with steel bars was also tested for comparison purposes. Experimental results revealed that over-reinforcing the bottom layer of either the simply or continuously supported GFRP beams is a key factor in controlling the width and propagation of cracks, enhancing load capacity, and reducing deflection of such beams. Comparisons between experimental results and those obtained from simplified methods proposed by the ACI 440 Committee show that ACI 440.1R-06 equations can reasonably predict the load capacity and deflection of the simply and continuously supported GFRP reinforced concrete beams tested.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Habeeb, M N
    • Ashour, Ashraf F
  • Publication Date: 2008-3


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  • Accession Number: 01099436
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 19 2008 8:18PM