Debonding-Related Strain Limits for Externally Bonded FRP Sheets in Flexurally Strengthened Reinforced Concrete Beams
Guibing Li*, 1, Aihui Zhang2, Yugang Guo3
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2013
First Page: 58
Last Page: 67
Publisher Id: TOCIEJ-7-58
Article History:Received Date: 22/11/2012
Revision Received Date: 27/1/2013
Acceptance Date: 5/4/2013
Electronic publication date: 28/6/2013
Collection year: 2013
open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0), a copy of which is available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode. This license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Debonding problems of externally bonded fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) sheets in flexurally FRP-strengthened reinforced concrete (RC) beams have been a concern and a research challenge since their application of this strengthening technique. Intermediate crack induced debonding is the most common failure mode which is that the debonding initiates at the critical flexural-shear or flexural cracks and propagates towards the direction of moment decrease. To mitigate debonding failure, most Codes and proposed models take the method by limiting the allowable tensile strain in FRP laminates. This paper presents experimental tests of concrete beams flexurally strengthened with externally bonded CFRP sheets to investigate debonding initiation and tensile strain of FRP laminates. The allowable tensile strain of FRP sheets in flexurally FRP-strengthened RC beams proposed by prevalent Code provisions and models was assessed based on the data obtained from experimental programs. It has beenshown that the allowable tensile strains provided by these provisions and models have a great difference with that of experimental results and exhibit a high level of dispersion. Furthermore, the FRP laminates of most tested RC beams were debonded before reaching the proposed allowable tensile strain. The Code provisions and models are inadequate to effectively prevent intermediate crack induced debonding failure in flexurally FRP-strengthened RC members. This is known to be a critical issue in engineering design and application of RC beams flexurally strengthened by FRP sheets.