Performance of externally CFRP confined RC columns with changes in thickness of the wrap, slenderness of the column and shape of the section
1 LMDC, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Mentouri Constantine, Constantine, Algeria
2 DLGCGM, Department of Civil Engineering, INSA of Rennes, Rennes, Cedex 35043, France
3 Department of Civil Engineering, University of Oum El-Bouaghi, Oum El-Bouaghi, Algeria
4 LMDC, Department of Geology, University of Jijel, Jijel, Algeria
The present study deals with the analysis of experimental results, in terms of load carrying capacity and strains, obtained from tests on reinforced concrete (RC) columns, strengthened with external carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) sheets. The experimental parameters include: number of wrap layers, slenderness of the columns (L/a or L/D) and shape of the section (circular and square). A total of 48 specimens were subjected to axial compression. All test specimens were loaded to failure in axial compression. Compressive stress, axial and hoop strains have been recorded to evaluate the stress-strain relationship, ultimate strength, stiffness, and ductility of the specimens. Results clearly demonstrate that composite wrapping can enhance the structural performance of RC columns in terms of both maximum strength and ductility. The effects of test parameters are evidenced and compared.
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