11 Feb New paper on influence of bond characterization on load-mean strain and tension stiffening behavior
Dr. Marta Baena, together with other coauthors from AMADE and the Technical University of Madrid, have recently published the paper entitled “Influence of bond characterization on load-mean strain and tension stiffening behavior of concrete elements reinforced with embedded FRP reinforcement” at the scientific journal “Materials”.
Based on the characterization of the bond between Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) bars and concrete, the structural behavior of cracked Glass-FRP (GFRP)-Reinforced Concrete (RC) tensile elements is studied in this paper. Simulations in which different bond-slip laws between both materials (FRP reinforcement and concrete) were used to analyze the effect of GFRP bar bond performance on the load transfer process and how it affects the load-mean strain curve, the distribution of reinforcement strain, the distribution of slip between reinforcement and concrete, and the tension stiffening effect. Additionally, a parametric study on the effect of materials (concrete grade, modulus of elasticity of the reinforcing bar, surface configuration, and reinforcement ratio) on the load-mean strain curve and the tension stiffening effect was also performed. Results from a previous experimental program, in combination with additional results obtained from Finite Element Analysis (FEA), were used to demonstrate the accuracy of the model to correctly predict the global (load-mean strain curve) and local (distribution of strains between cracks) structural behavior of the GFRP RC tensile elements.
This research was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO/AEI/FEDER, UE), under projects BIA2017-84975-C2-2-P and BIA2017-84975-C2-1-P.