Shape effect on the performance of carbon fiber reinforced polymer wraps

Xinbao Yang, Jun Wei, Antonio Nanni, Lokeswarappa R. Dharani

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At present, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials are extensively used to strengthen concrete structures and a main application is wrapping compression members such as building and bridge columns for improved strength and ductility. In this case, FRP laminates are intended to provide confinement to the concrete and the cross section shape plays an important role on the effectiveness of the method. The primary purpose of this paper is to introduce a test device and a test method designed to determine the effect of corner radius on the strength of the FRP laminate and on the distribution of the resulting radial stress on the substrate material. Various curvatures were investigated. In the proposed device, they can be realized by using interchangeable inserts. Strain distribution around the corner, failure load, and failure mode of the FRP laminate were monitored and analyzed. The stress concentration in the laminate is studied numerically using the finite element method and compared with experimental results. The relationship between radial stress distribution and corner radius is determined to provide guidance in practical cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)444-451
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Concrete structures
  • Fiber reinforced polymers
  • Laminates
  • Reinforcement
  • Shape
  • Tests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computational Mechanics


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