Behavior of Large-Scale Rectangular Columns Confined with FRP Composites

This paper focuses on axially loaded, large-scale rectangular RC columns confined with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) wrapping. Experimental tests are conducted to obtain the stress-strain response and ultimate load for 3 field-size columns having different aspect ratios and/or corner radii. Effective transverse FRP failure strain and the effect of increasing confining action on the stress-strain behavior are examined. Existing strength models, the majority of which were developed for small-scale specimens, are applied to predict the structural response. Since some of them fail to adequately characterize the test data and others are complex, requiring significant calculation, a simple design-oriented model is developed. The new model is based on the confinement effectiveness coefficient, an aspect ratio coefficient, and a corner radius coefficient. It accurately predicts the axial ultimate strength of the large-scale columns at hand and, when applied to the small-scale columns studied by other investigators, produces reasonable results.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Toutanji, Houssam A
    • Han, M
    • Gilbert, J
    • Matthys, S
  • Publication Date: 2010-1


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  • Accession Number: 01152175
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 2010 4:26PM