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Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  Volume 58, Number 5, June10 2016, pages 825-845

Flexural strengthening of RC Beams with low-strength concrete using GFRP and CFRP
Ali Saribiyik and Naci Caglar

    The Turkish Earthquake Code was revised in 1998 and 2007. Before these Codes, especially 1998, reinforced concrete (RC) beams with low flexural and shear strength were widely used in the building. In this study, the RC specimens have been produced by taking into consideration the RC beams with insufficient shear and tensile reinforcement having been manufactured with the use of concrete with low strength. The performance of the RC specimens strengthened with different wrapping methods by using of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) and Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) composites have been examined in terms of flexural strength, ductility and energy absorption capacity. In the strengthening of the RC elements, the use of GFRP composites instead of CFRP composites has also been examined. For this purpose, the experimental results of the RC specimens strengthened by wrapping with CFRP and GFRP are presented and discussed. It has been concluded that although the flexural and shear strengths of the RC beams strengthened with GFRP composites are lower than those of beams reinforced with CFRP, their ductility and energy absorption capacities are very high. Moreover, the RC beams strengthened with CFRP fracture are more brittle when compared to GFRP.
Key Words
    low-strength concrete; poor reinforcement; carbon fiber; glass fiber; flexural strengthening; ductility
Ali Saribiyik: Department of Construction Technology, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey
Naci Caglar: Department of Civil Engineering, Engineering Faculty, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey

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