Steel reinforced polymer (SRP) and steel reinforced grout (SRG) have emerged as promising and cost-effective technologies for the external strengthening of RC structures. Although the first studies date back to 2004, so far the literature related to the flexural strengthening of RC slabs/beams with steel tapes is rather limited. As a result, the application of such materials on a real structural member may be discouraged and, conversely, the use of carbon/glass FRP alternative systems may be preferred. The study presented in this paper contributes to filling this knowledge gap by presenting the results of 10 four-point bending tests performed on RC slabs strengthened with SRG/SRP systems. Test results have provided valuable information in terms of maximum forces, deformability and failure modes by varying number of layers and density of the steel tape. In particular, it has been shown that, disregarding the nature of the matrix (inorganic or polymeric), the presence of the external strengthening significantly increased the flexural strength of slabs, with percentage increases over the control (unstrengthened) member ranging from a minimum value of 27%, when using a single layer of low density tape, to a maximum of 106% in the case of SRP system with one layer of high density sheet. Preliminary analytical studies were also performed in order to investigate the possibility of extending to the SRP/SRG systems the applicability of formulations currently reported in some national and international guidelines for the flexural strengthening of RC members with FRP sheets.

Reinforced concrete beams strengthened with SRP/SRG systems: Experimental investigation

NAPOLI, ANNALISA;REALFONZO, ROBERTO
2015

Abstract

Steel reinforced polymer (SRP) and steel reinforced grout (SRG) have emerged as promising and cost-effective technologies for the external strengthening of RC structures. Although the first studies date back to 2004, so far the literature related to the flexural strengthening of RC slabs/beams with steel tapes is rather limited. As a result, the application of such materials on a real structural member may be discouraged and, conversely, the use of carbon/glass FRP alternative systems may be preferred. The study presented in this paper contributes to filling this knowledge gap by presenting the results of 10 four-point bending tests performed on RC slabs strengthened with SRG/SRP systems. Test results have provided valuable information in terms of maximum forces, deformability and failure modes by varying number of layers and density of the steel tape. In particular, it has been shown that, disregarding the nature of the matrix (inorganic or polymeric), the presence of the external strengthening significantly increased the flexural strength of slabs, with percentage increases over the control (unstrengthened) member ranging from a minimum value of 27%, when using a single layer of low density tape, to a maximum of 106% in the case of SRP system with one layer of high density sheet. Preliminary analytical studies were also performed in order to investigate the possibility of extending to the SRP/SRG systems the applicability of formulations currently reported in some national and international guidelines for the flexural strengthening of RC members with FRP sheets.
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