In recent years, old reinforced concrete (RC) buildings have increasingly been protected as historic symbols in Italy. The conversion of these buildings can resolve the increasing need for new structures, reducing much social, economic, and environmental impact. Retrofitting solutions by carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) reinforcements are very common nowadays. Code predictions present uncertainties due to the brittle behavior and the debonding of CFRP strips resulting from concrete cracking. Therefore, especially in the case of old beams, experimental validation is necessary. This paper deals the experimental evaluation of the shear strength of two beams extracted from an old RC building in Rome built in 1929 with modest-quality concrete. Preliminary tests were carried out to evaluate the beam elastic response and the material characteristics. These beams were tested until failure (three-point load shear/bending tests) after strengthening for shear by CFRP U-jacketing and for bending by new steel rebars. The results obtained, together with the extensive data taken from the literature, were compared with the predictions by design code equations. The influence of construction details on beam shear strength and the experimental maximum CFRP strain were also analyzed. Code predictions can be effective to estimate the shear strength of the retrofitted beams.

Lavorato, D., Nuti, C., Santini, S. (2018). Experimental investigation of the shear strength of RC beams extracted from an old structure and strengthened by carbon FRP U-strips. APPLIED SCIENCES, 8(7), 1182 [10.3390/app8071182].

Experimental investigation of the shear strength of RC beams extracted from an old structure and strengthened by carbon FRP U-strips

Lavorato, Davide;Nuti, Camillo;Santini, Silvia
2018-01-01

Abstract

In recent years, old reinforced concrete (RC) buildings have increasingly been protected as historic symbols in Italy. The conversion of these buildings can resolve the increasing need for new structures, reducing much social, economic, and environmental impact. Retrofitting solutions by carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) reinforcements are very common nowadays. Code predictions present uncertainties due to the brittle behavior and the debonding of CFRP strips resulting from concrete cracking. Therefore, especially in the case of old beams, experimental validation is necessary. This paper deals the experimental evaluation of the shear strength of two beams extracted from an old RC building in Rome built in 1929 with modest-quality concrete. Preliminary tests were carried out to evaluate the beam elastic response and the material characteristics. These beams were tested until failure (three-point load shear/bending tests) after strengthening for shear by CFRP U-jacketing and for bending by new steel rebars. The results obtained, together with the extensive data taken from the literature, were compared with the predictions by design code equations. The influence of construction details on beam shear strength and the experimental maximum CFRP strain were also analyzed. Code predictions can be effective to estimate the shear strength of the retrofitted beams.
Lavorato, D., Nuti, C., Santini, S. (2018). Experimental investigation of the shear strength of RC beams extracted from an old structure and strengthened by carbon FRP U-strips. APPLIED SCIENCES, 8(7), 1182 [10.3390/app8071182].
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