Coupled effects of corrosion damage and sustained loading on the flexural behavior of RC beams strengthened with CFRP anchorage system

Tanbo Pan, Yonglai Zheng, Yujue Zhou*, Yongcheng Liu, Kunlong Yu, Yubao Zhou

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of an experimental study on the flexural behavior of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) anchorage system strengthened reinforced concrete (RC) beams under the coupled effects of corrosion damage and sustained loading. The test beams were subjected to combined accelerated corrosion in 5% NaCl solution and sustained loads for 25, 50 and 100 days at 0% and 50% load levels of the virgin beam ultimate load capacity. The failure modes, load carrying capacity, deflection, ductility and strain response of the beams were investigated in detail. The results indicated that CFRP anchorage systems enhanced the yield and ultimate load of the corrosion-damaged beams. The use of CFRP anchorage system restored the ultimate load of corroded beams between 87.6% and 104.8% and the yield load between 81.9% and 92.7% with respect to those of the virgin beam. In contrast, the ductility and energy absorption index suffered a decline. CFRP-strengthened beams showed a reduction of 4.5%–28.9% for the ductility index compared with their counterparts without CFRP anchorage system. Sustained loads resulted in more considerable reductions in load-bearing capacity, greater loss of rebars mass, wider width of corrosion cracks, indicating a significant coupling effect between sustained loading and corrosion damage. Three typical failure modes of the CFRP-strengthened beams were observed and explained in the paper, thus revealing the failure mechanism of CFRP-strengthened beams. In the engineering practice of CFRP anchorage system, the coupled effects of corrosion damage and sustained loading on the strengthened systems should be taken into accountant comprehensively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115416
Number of pages14
JournalComposite Structures
Volume289
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • CFRP anchorage system
  • Corrosion
  • Flexural behavior
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Strengthening
  • Sustained loading

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