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Title:Innovative Strengthening for Deteriorated Concrete Bridges Using Embedded Composite Sheets Bonded with Polyester-Silica
Authors:Yail Jimmy Kim
University:University of Colorado Denver
Publication Date:Dec 2019
Report #:MPC-19-409
Project #:MPC-516
TRID #:01733986
Keywords:beams, bond strength (materials), composite materials, compressive strength, concrete bridges, debonding, feasibility analysis, fiber reinforced polymers, flexural strength, sensitivity analysis, sheets, strengthening (maintenance)



This report presents the feasibility of a novel anchor system that mitigates the end-peeling of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) sheets used for strengthening reinforced concrete beams. Contrary to conventional anchoring methods, CFRP sheets are embedded inside the pre-grooved concrete and covered by a durable polyester-silica composite. After conducting ancillary tests on material, bond, and interfacial properties, 14 strengthened beams are loaded in flexure to assess the performance of the proposed anchor system, contingent upon embedment angle and local debonding along the bond-line. The polyester-silica matrix shows superior moisture-resistance to ordinary cementitious mortar and possesses a fully-cured compressive strength of 38 MPa as well as interfacial capacities comparable to those of an epoxy adhesive. The embedment angle and local debonding of CFRP affect the flexural behavior of the strengthened beams, including sectional rotation and stress distributions. The presence of mechanical fasteners with supplementary epoxy layers in the anchorage substantially enhances the flexural capacity, energy dissipation, and ductility of the beams. Correlation and sensitivity analyses are performed to analytically characterize the load-carrying capacities of the strengthened beams with variable embedment angles and the degree of local debonding.

How to Cite

Kim, Yail Jimmy. Innovative Strengthening for Deteriorated Concrete Bridges Using Embedded Composite Sheets Bonded with Polyester-Silica, MPC-19-409. North Dakota State University - Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Fargo: Mountain-Plains Consortium, 2019.

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