Fiber composite plates for strengthening bridge beams

Mohammad R. Ehsani, Hamid Saadatmanesh

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Although the use of Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastics (GFRP) has increased significantly in recent years, its application in civil engineering has been limited at best. The high strength of GFRP and its resistance to corrosion makes it a suitable candidate in many applications where steel has been predominantly used in the past. In this study, five reinforced concrete beams were strengthened by epoxy-bonding GFRP plates along the tension flange of the beams. The load versus deflection curves to failure and the behavior of each specimen under static loading is presented. It is shown that the method presents great potential for solving some of the global problems facing the aging infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-355
Number of pages13
JournalComposite Structures
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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