Strengthening of RC Buildings with Composites

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Part of the Building Pathology and Rehabilitation book series (BUILDING, volume 9)

Abstract

The use of composite materials for reinforced concrete (RC) structures strengthening has become a well-established practice in the last decades, especially in seismic zones, either for retrofitting RC buildings not designed to resist seismic loads or for post-event structural rehabilitations. The most common composite materials used in structural engineering applications are Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRPs). A large number of guidelines and codes have been developed, collecting the most advanced concepts in FRP-strengthening: this chapter makes reference to one such document, the Italian CNR DT-200 R1/2013 (Instructions for design, execution and control of strengthening interventions through fibre-reinforced composites. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Roma, 1), and deals with all the aspects relevant to a correct design process, which should start with a proper structural safety assessment and then move to the definition of material properties, main strengthening schemes and design equations. The concepts discussed herein can also be found in EN 1998-3 (Eurocode 8: design of structures for earthquake resistance. European Committee for Standardization, Brussel, 2) and in a recent State-of-the-Art book by RILEM (3).

Keywords

Composite materials Reinforced concrete strengthening Debonding Flexural strengthening Shear strengthening Torsion strengthening Confinement Ductility 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Structural Engineering and GeotechnicsSapienza Università di RomaRomeItaly
  2. 2.College of Civil Engineering, Nanjing Tech UniversityNanjingChina
  3. 3.Energy Geosciences DivisionLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA

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