Experimental and Numerical Studies on Flexural Behavior of Ultrahigh-Performance Concrete Panels Reinforced with Embedded Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Grids


The use of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) grids in reinforced concrete construction offers several advantages, such as high tensile strength and excellent corrosion resistance. This paper presents the results of experimental and numerical studies of the flexural performance of ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) panels reinforced with GFRP grids. Such panels can be prefabricated and used as permanent formwork elements for bridge columns or walls. The mechanical properties of GFRP grids and UHPC were experimentally evaluated. The flexural performance of panels containing different reinforcement configurations was evaluated in three-point bending tests. The GFRP grids were found to be able to significantly enhance the flexural performance of the UHPC panels. A three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model was established by using ABAQUS, which incorporated the concrete damage plasticity model and can be used to predict the postfracture behaviors. The numerical model was experimentally validated by using the threepoint bending test results and was then used for parametric studies. The studied parameters included the panel thickness and the layer number of the GFRP grids reinforcement. The proposed GFRP-UHPC panel system was shown to be promising for the development of lightweight, high-performance permanent formwork. Such formwork can be used in the accelerated construction of critical infrastructures for the enhancement of crack resistance and extension of the service life.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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ABAQUS; Bending tests; Concrete beams and girders; Concrete construction; Concrete slabs; Concretes; Corrosion resistance; Fiber reinforced plastics; Finite element method; Glass; Glass fibers; Precast concrete; Reinforced concrete; Reinforced plastics; Tensile strength; Accelerated constructions; Concrete damage plasticity models; Excellent corrosion resistances; Experimental and numerical studies; Glass fiber reinforced polymer; Three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model; Three-point bending test; Ultra high performance concretes; High performance concrete

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2016