Effect of Untreated Surface Disbonds on Performance of FRP-Retrofitted Concrete Beams

Retrofitting concrete structures with externally bonded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) laminates has become an increasingly common practice. Disbonds at the concrete-FRP interface, if left untreated, may adversely affect the performance of the retrofitted system. Disbonds in the form of surface voids and cracks are the subject of this paper. Voids may occur due to poor compaction or defective formwork, or in the form of air entrapment between resin and FRP laminate during application. Cracks, on the other hand, generally result from loading. This study is comprised of a detailed experimental program and a nonlinear finite-element analysis. In the experiments, surface cracks were simulated by cutting slits in concrete, herein termed as surface cuts. The study shows that leaving surface disbonds untreated, within the considered range of disbond variables, does not have a significant impact on the overall structural performance. A threshold of 12.7 mm for void diameter was deemed conservative for structural performance. Conversely, 38 mm spacing was considered an appropriate threshold for epoxy injection in crack widths between 0.25 and 0.8 mm. Hence, conservative thresholds in current practice may be revised accordingly, unless considered necessary to avoid environmental effects.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Kalayci, Ahmet Serhat
    • Yalim, Baris
    • Mirmiran, Amir
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


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  • Accession Number: 01147502
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 2009 2:06PM