Doctoral Dissertations


Silvia Rocca


"Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) jacketing of Reinforced Concrete (RC) columns, as a rapidly growing strengthening technique, requires appropriate design methods. However, the current available design guides are based on models, in their majority semi-empirical, and calibrated with small-scale plain concrete specimens. These models might not be reliable in predicting the strength and ductility enhancement sought through FRP-confinement in RC columns with geometric and material properties as found in practice. This dissertation presents the research conducted in three technical papers. In the first paper, the performance of 22 FRP-wrapped RC columns of medium- and large-scale is studied. The results of the experimental campaign were used to develop and evaluate an analytical method to determine the confining pressure and compressive capacity in a non-circular column...A second paper is devoted to the review of state-of-the-art design methodologies available for the case of FRP-confined RC columns, and their ability to predict the increment of compressive strength and ductility...a third paper address the subject of FRP-confined RC columns subjected to combined axial load and bending moment"--Abstract, page iv.


Nanni, Antonio

Committee Member(s)

Carino, Nicholas
Benzoni, Gianmario
Belarbi, Abdeldjelil
Birman, V. (Victor)
Ayoub, Ashraf Salah Eldin


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Civil Engineering


MAPEI (Firm)
National Science Foundation (U.S.)


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2007

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Axial load behavior of large-size reinforced concrete columns strengthened with carbon FRP
  • Interaction diagram methodology for design of FRP-confined reinforced concrete columns
  • Review of design guidelines for FRP confinement of reinforced concrete columns of non-circular cross-sections


xi, 171 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


© 2007 Silvia Rocca, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Axial loads
Columns, Concrete -- Testing
Concrete -- Ductility
Fiber-reinforced concrete

Thesis Number

T 9311

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Final Report.pdf (29060 kB)