Flexural Strengthening of Normal Strength Plain Concrete Beams using Ultra-High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete Strips
Keywords:Flexural strength, Normal strength concrete, Strengthening strips, Ultra-high-Performance fiber reinforced concrete
In recent years, the strengthening of reinforced concrete elements in existing structures has become a very important interest topic because of the demand for development structures and extending their service life. Since the ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete properties in terms of durability and strength are fully exploited, it became early in the rehabilitation and strengthening field. This paper highlights the flexural behavior of small-scale plain normal strength concrete beam strengthened in flexure by ultra-high performance fiber reinforced concrete strips at the tensile surface by adhesive epoxy material to evaluate and quantify the effect on strength in flexure. Experimental results indicated that the ultra-high performance fiber reinforced concrete strengthening strips enhanced the flexural capacity and stiffness of the normal strength concrete substrate by 369%, 364%, and 168% at crack load and 364%, 232%, and 127% at ultimate load for concrete grades 20.8, 32.6 and 43.3 MPa respectively, delayed the crack development corresponding to apply load more than 0.37, 0.97 and 1.25 kN for strips thickness 10, 15 and 20 mm respectively in all grades of concrete beam and improved beams' ductility behavior. The main important point that affects the performance of flexural strengthening concrete beams using adhesive material is the quality of the interfacial transition bonded zone of the composite system produced between the strengthening material and the existing concrete substrate.
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