Flexural Testing of High Strength Reinforced Concrete Beams Strengthened with CFRP Sheets


1 Civil Engineering, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman

2 Engineering, Arak University


The objective of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of externally bonded CFRP sheets to increase the flexural strength of reinforced high strength concrete (HSC) beams. Four-point bending flexural tests to complete failure on six concrete beams, strengthened with different layouts of CFRP sheets were conducted. Three-dimensional nonlinear finite element (FE) models were adopted by ANSYS to examine the behavior of the test beams. More specifically, the strength and ductility of the beams is investigated, as the number of FRP layers and tensile reinforcement bar ratio changed. With the exception of the control beam, one to four layers of CFRP were applied to the specimens. The ductility characteristics of the test beams were evaluated in terms of the displacement, curvature and energy ductility index. It was found that for all the reported beams, the energy ductility value is about two times higher than the displacement ductility values. The crack patterns in the beams are also presented. The load deflection plots obtained from numerical study show good agreement with the experimental results.