Applying a certain prestress level to the carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) reinforcement according to either externally bonded reinforcing (EBR) or near surface mounted (NSM) techniques can mobilize the strengthening potentialities of this high tensile strength composite material. For the prediction of the flexural behaviour of reinforced concrete (RC) structures strengthened with prestressed EBR or NSM CFRPs, however, simplified analytical and design formulations still need to be developed as a guidance for engineers to design this type of strengthened structures by hand calculation without any programming help. Hence, the current work aims to briefly explain a developed simplified analytical approach, with a design framework, to predict the flexural behaviour of RC beams flexurally strengthened with either prestressed EBR or NSM CFRP reinforcements. Moreover, an upper limit for the prestress level is proposed in order to optimize the ductility performance of the NSM prestressing technique. The good predictive performance of the analytical approaches was appraised by simulating the results of experimental programs composed of RC beams strengthened with prestressed NSM CFRP reinforcements.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|
|Event||7th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites In Construction, ACIC 2015 - Cambridge, United Kingdom|
Duration: 9 Sep 2015 → 11 Sep 2015
|Conference||7th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites In Construction, ACIC 2015|
|Period||9/09/15 → 11/09/15|