Characterization of FRP rods as near-surface mounted reinforcement

Laura De Lorenzis, Antonio Nanni

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The use of near surface mounted (NSM) fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) rods is a promising technology for increasing flexural and shear strength of deficient reinforced concrete (RC) members. As this technology emerges, the structural behavior of RC elements strengthened with NSM FRP rods needs to be fully characterized. Given the variability of material properties and groove geometry, this requires that the tensile properties of the FRP rod and the mechanics of load transfer between NSM FRP rods and concrete be investigated. Tensile and bond tests on commercially available carbon FRP deformed rods for application as NSM reinforcement were carried out using test methods that are expected to become standards in North America. Three full-size beams, one control beam and two beams strengthened in shear with NSM FRP rods, were tested. Test results are presented and compared with the predictions of a simple design approach, showing reasonable agreement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-121
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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