Estimation of a Matrix-Fiber Interface Cohesive Material Law in FRCM-Concrete Joints


The application of composite materials to strengthen existing structural elements is a valid alternative to traditional strengthening techniques. Fiber reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) composites have been successfully employed to strengthen existing reinforced concrete (RC) and masonry structures in bending, shear, torsion, and to confine axially loaded elements. Although failure of FRCM strengthened elements depends on different parameters, such as the composite and substrate geometrical and mechanical properties, debonding at the matrix-fiber interface is generally the failure mechanism. Therefore, the study of the bond behavior of FRCM composites is a key topic to develop reliable design procedures. Numerous experimental campaigns were carried out recently to study the bond behavior of different FRCM composites. An analytical model is employed in this paper to describe the bond behavior of FRCM-concrete joints and different trilinear cohesive material laws are defined based on the experimental results. The experimental and corresponding analytical load response, strain profile, slip profile, and shear stress profile along the bonded length are compared. An analytical formulation of the bonded length needed to fully develop the stress-transfer mechanism at the matrix-fiber interface, i.e. the effective bond length, is provided for the trilinear cohesive material law employed.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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Analytical models; Bond length; Concretes; Fibers; Reinforced concrete; Shear stress; Stress analysis; Analytical formulation; Cementitious matrices; Cohesive materials; Existing reinforced concrete; FRCM; Inorganic matrices; Strengthening technique; Stress transfer mechanisms; Interfaces (materials); Cohesive material law; Inorganic-matrix composites

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01 Jun 2018