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Structural Engineering and Mechanics   Volume 67, Number 5, September10 2018, pages 481-492
Experimental investigation into brick masonry arches\' (vault and rib cover) behavior reinforced by FRP strips under vertical load
Majid Reza Takbash, Abbas Ali Akbarzadeh Morshedi and Seyyed Ali Sabet

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    The current experimental study is the reinforcement of the simple curvature vault masonry structures. In this study, we discuss complex structure include vault and rib cover with two radii and actual dimensions under a vertical load. The unreinforced structure data were compared with analysis data. The analysis data are in good agreement with experimental data. In the first experiment, a structure without reinforcement is tested and according to the test results, the second structure was reinforced using the carbon polymer fibers and the same test is done to see the effects of reinforcement. Based on the test results of the first structure, the first cracks are created in the vault. Moreover, the reinforcement with carbon fibers will increase the loading capacity of the structure around 35%.
Key Words
    brick masonry arches; experimental tests; FRP; structural reinforcements; vault and rib cover
Majid Reza Takbash, Abbas Ali Akbarzadeh Morshedi and Seyyed Ali Sabet: Department of Civil Engineering, Kashan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kashan, Iran

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