RC beams shear-strengthened with fabric-reinforced-cementitious-matrix (FRCM) composite

Giovanni Loreto, Saman Babaeidarabad, Lorenzo Leardini, Antonio Nanni

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The interest in retrofit/rehabilitation of existing concrete structures has increased due to degradation and/or introduction of more stringent design requirements. Among the externally-bonded strengthening systems fiber-reinforced polymers is the most widely known technology. Despite its effectiveness as a material system, the presence of an organic binder has some drawbacks that could be addressed by using in its place a cementitious binder as in fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) systems. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the behavior of reinforced concrete (RC) beams strengthened in shear with U-wraps made of FRCM. An extensive experimental program was undertaken in order to understand and characterize this composite when used as a strengthening system. The laboratory results demonstrate the technical viability of FRCM for shear strengthening of RC beams. Based on the experimental and analytical results, FRCM increases shear strength but not proportionally to the number of fabric plies installed. On the other hand, FRCM failure modes are related with a high consistency to the amount of external reinforcement applied. Design considerations based on the algorithms proposed by ACI guidelines are also provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-352
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Structural Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • FRCM
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Repair
  • Shear
  • Strengthening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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