Abstract

Consideration of moment redistribution (MR) in the design of continuous reinforced concrete (RC) beams results in an efficient and economical design. Adding fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials to RC structures to enhance flexural capacity leads to a reduction in ductility such that design standards severely limit the exploitation of MR in the design of FRP strengthening systems. This has forced engineers to use elastic analyses for the strengthening design which leads to waste of FRP materials under many circumstances. To overcome this, complicated or empirical solutions have been applied to solve the problem of MR in FRP-strengthened RC members, with limited success. This paper presents a novel theoretical strategy for quantifying and tracking MR in such members by employing basic structural mechanics without any need for estimating rotation capacity or ductility. Fully non-linear flexural behaviour of continuous FRP-strengthened members can be predicted, and any geometry, loading arrangement and strengthening technique or configuration can be considered. The numerical model is validated against existing experimental data from the literature. Good agreement is shown between the experimental and numerical data, with the significance of this work being that, potentially, for the first time MR could credibly and confidently be incorporated into design guides for FRP strengthening of RC structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-862
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings
Volume169
Issue number11
Early online date23 May 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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