, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 249–261 | Cite as

Strengthening of steel–concrete composite girders using carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) plates



Applying composites in order to strengthen and renew the infrastructures has globally been accepted. Traditional methods to strengthen the out-of-standard structures are costly, time consuming and requires a lot of labour. Today, new techniques are hired using light and strong substances which also resist against corrosion, known as Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) plates. Regarding the high tensile strength and proper module of elasticity, CFRP plates are considered as a suitable alternative to strengthen girders. The behaviour of steel–concrete composite girders being statically loaded and strengthened by CFRP plates in this study. The CFRP plates used in this study have been stuck, with epoxy adhesive, under the tensile sections of three steel girders. The results accompanied with analytical study of moment–curvature and numerical analysis done with ANSYS, show that CFRP plates with epoxy adhesive increases the ultimate loading capacity of steel–concrete composite girder. Plastic stiffness of the girders was also increased.


Strengthening CFRP steel–concrete ANSYS and composite. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, Tonekabon BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTonekabonIran
  2. 2.Young Researchers and Elite Club, Jouybar BranchIslamic Azad UniversityJouybarIran

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