MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 289, 2019Concrete Solutions 2019 – 7th International Conference on Concrete Repair
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Whole Life Costing/Lifetime Cost Saving|
|Published online||28 August 2019|
Pretensioned BFRP reinforced concrete beams: Flexural behaviour and estimation of initial prestress losses
Kingston University London, Department of Civil Engineering, London, UK
Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) are becoming a popular reinforcement option for RC elements mainly due to good strength to weight ratio and resistance to corrosion. The main limitation for their wider application is their relatively low Young’s modulus, which results in unfavourable serviceability performance, in terms of early development of deflections and cracks. Among others, prestressing has been suggested as one of the possible approaches to addressing this issue, with encouraging results from research conducted so far. This experimental study aimed to explore prestress losses of basalt fibre reinforced polymer (BFRP) reinforced pretensioned concrete beams. Five beams were produced, three of them internally reinforced with 6mm diameter BFRP bars, pretensioned to 20%, 30% and 40% of the ultimate load level of prestress. Additionally, two beams, acting as control samples, were reinforced with unprestressed BFRP and steel bars of same cross-sectional area, respectively. The dimensions of all samples were 125x200x1900 mm. Prestress losses were monitored with the aid of strain gauges attached to the reinforcing bars, as well as load cells. The strain readings were continuously taken during the pretensioning process, from initial application of the prestressing force, during casting and curing of concrete, until releasing of the beams from prestressing devices after curing. Ultimately, all samples were subjected to a quasi-static, load-controlled, four-point bending test until destruction. The results provide the information about the flexural behaviour of pretensioned BFRP reinforced beams, along with insight into some of the initial prestress losses of these elements.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2019
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