Fatigue Life Assessment and Static Testing of Structural GFRP Tubes Based on Coupon Tests

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) hollow tubes are used in structural applications, such as utility poles and pipelines. Concrete-filled FRP tubes (CFFTs) are also used as piles and bridge piers. Applications such as poles and marine piles are typically governed by cyclic bending. This paper studies fatigue behavior of glass-FRP filament-wound tubes using coupons cut from the tubes. Several coupon configurations were examined in 24 tension and 5 compression monotonic loading tests. Fatigue tests were then conducted on 81 coupons to examine several parameters; namely, loading frequency as well as maximum-to-ultimate and minimum-to-maximum stress ratios, including tension and tension compression, to simulate reversed bending. The study demonstrated the sensitivity of test results and failure mode to coupon configuration. The presence of compression loads reduced fatigue life, while increasing load frequency increased fatigue life. Stiffness degradation behavior was also established. To achieve at least 1 million cycles, it is recommended to limit to 0.25. Models were used to simulate stiffness degradation and fatigue life curve of the tube. Fatigue life predictions of large CFFT beams showed good correlation with experimental results.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Helmi, Karim
    • Fam, Amir
    • Mufti, Aftab
  • Publication Date: 2008-3


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  • Accession Number: 01099823
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 2008 4:24PM