Numerical modeling of FRP shear-strengthened reinforced concrete beams

Ahmed Godat, Kenneth W. Neale, Pierre Labossìre

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An attractive technique for the shear strengthening of reinforced concrete beams is to provide additional web reinforcement in the form of externally bonded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) sheets. So far, theoretical studies concerning the FRP shear strengthening of reinforced concrete members have been rather limited. Moreover, the numerical analyses presented to date have not effectively simulated the interfacial behavior between the bonded FRP and concrete. The analysis presented here aims to capture the three-dimensional and nonlinear behavior of the concrete, as well as accurately model the bond-slip interfacial behavior. The finite-element model is applied to various strengthening strategies; namely, beams with vertical and inclined side-bonded FRP sheets, U-wrap FRP strengthening configurations, as well as anchored FRP sheets. The proposed numerical analysis is validated against published experimental results. Comparisons between the numerical predictions and test results show excellent agreement. The finite-element model is also shown to be a valuable tool for gaining insight into phenomena (e.g., slip profiles, debonding trends, strain distributions) that are difficult to investigate in laboratory tests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-649
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Bond stress
  • Concrete beams
  • Fiber reinforced materials
  • Finite element method
  • Interface shear
  • Shear strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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