Nonlinear finite element analysis of fibre-reinforced polymer/concrete joints

Hussien Abdel Baky, Usama A. Ebead, Kenneth W. Neale

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The objective of this research work is to simulate the interfacial shear response of fibre-reinforced polymer/concrete joints using a micromechanics-based concrete approach. The M4 version of the microplane concrete theory is coded in FORTRAN and implemented as a parallel user-defined subroutine into the commercial finite element software package ADINA. This article first focuses on three-dimensional nonlinear micromechanics-based finite element analyses. Then, validations are carried out using experimental results of 40 fibre-reinforced polymer/concrete joints. The objective is to assess the accuracy of the microplane approach to represent the interfacial shear behaviour of the fibre-reinforced polymer/concrete joints as an alternative to implementing interface elements. At the end of this article, numerical comparisons are presented between the predictions using a phenomenological concrete constitutive law adopted in the software package (with a smeared crack model) and the micromechanics-based analysis (microplane theory) to simulate the concrete behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1604-1619
Number of pages16
JournalAdvances in Structural Engineering
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Debonding
  • Fibre-reinforced polymer
  • Finite element analysis
  • Interface
  • Laminates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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