Although the use of Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastics (GFRP) has increased significantly in recent years, its application in civil engineering has been limited at best. The high strength of GFRP and its resistance to corrosion makes it a suitable candidate in many applications where steel has been predominantly used in the past. In this study, five reinforced concrete beams were strengthened by epoxy-bonding GFRP plates along the tension flange of the beams. The load versus deflection curves to failure and the behavior of each specimen under static loading is presented. It is shown that the method presents great potential for solving some of the global problems facing the aging infrastructure.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Ceramics and Composites