Flexural strengthening of RC beams with an externally bonded fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix

Saman Babaeidarabad, Giovanni Loreto, Antonio Nanni

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Concrete structures deteriorate for various reasons and upgrading is needed to ensure their continued safe working conditions. Retrofitting reinforced concrete (RC) beams have been accomplished using various techniques, namely, steel plates, external posttensioning, externally bonded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), and near-surface-mounted FRP systems to increase flexural and shear capacity. The objective of this paper is to investigate the feasibility of fabric-reinforced cementitious-matrix (FRCM) materials as an alternative external strengthening technique for RC members. The FRCM is a composite material consisting of one or more layers of cement-based matrix reinforced with dry-fiber fabric. The experimental program consists of testing 18 RC beams strengthened in flexure with two different FRCM schemes (one and four reinforcement fabrics). An analysis and design are conducted following the well-established formulation to calculate the flexural capacity of the beams and compare their results with the experimental database.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number04014009
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix
  • Flexure
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Repair
  • Strengthening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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