Continuous Reinforced Concrete Beams Strengthened with Fabric-Reinforced Cementitious Matrix: Experimental Investigation and Numerical Simulation

Nouman Khattak, Moustafa Mansour, Tamer El-Maaddawy, Najif Ismail

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Abstract

This paper aims to examine the nonlinear flexural behavior of continuous RC beam specimens strengthened with fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) composites through experimental testing and numerical modeling. A total of nine two-span RC beam specimens were constructed and tested. Test parameters included the type of FRCM (carbon (C-FRCM) and polypara-phenylene benzobisoxazole (PBO-FRCM), location of strengthening (sagging and hogging regions) and number of FRCM layers (two and four layers). Test results indicated that sagging strengthening resulted in a strength gain in the range of 17 to 29%, whereas hogging strengthening increased the load capacity by 9 to 17%. The use of C-FRCM resulted in a higher strength gain than that provided by PBO-FRCM composites. Specimens strengthened with PBO-FRCM exhibited, however, higher ductility and deformational capacity than those of their counterparts strengthened with C-FRCM. Doubling the number of FRCM layers resulted in no or insignificant increase in the load capacity but reduced the beam ductility. Specimens strengthened in the sagging regions exhibited moment redistribution ratios of 13 to 26% between the hogging and sagging regions. Insignificant moment redistribution was recorded for the specimens strengthened in the hogging region. Three-dimensional (3D) numerical simulation models, with and without an interfacial bond-slip law at the fabric–matrix interface, were developed. The inclusion of the bond-slip law in the modeling had an insignificant effect on predicted response. Although the models tended to underestimate the deflection, the predicted load capacities were within a 12% error band. Numerical findings were in agreement with those obtained from laboratory testing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number27
JournalBuildings
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Continuous beams
  • FRCM
  • Flexural strengthening
  • Moment redistribution
  • Numerical simulation
  • Testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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