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Structural Engineering and Mechanics   Volume 69, Number 5, March10 2019, pages 579-589
Behavioral trends of shear strengthened reinforced concrete beams with externally bonded fiber-reinforced polymer
Samer Barakat, Salah Al-Toubat, Moussa Leblouba and Eman Al Burai

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    Numerous experimental studies have been conducted on reinforced concrete (RC) beams strengthened in shear with externally bonded fiber reinforced polymer (EBFRP). The objectives of this work are to study the behavioral trends of shear strengthened EBFRP RC beams after updating the existing database. The previously published databases have been updated, enriched and cross checked for completeness, redundancy and consistency. The updated database now contains data on 698 EBFRP beams and covers the time span from 1992 to 2018. The collected database then refined applying certain filters and used to investigate and capture better interactions among various influencing parameters affecting the shear strength of EBFRP beams. These parameters include the type and properties of FRP, fiber orientation as well as the strengthening scheme, the shear and the longitudinal steel reinforcement ratios, the shear span ratio, and the geometry of the member. The refined database is used to test the prediction accuracy of the existing design models. Considerable scatters are found in the results of all tested prediction models and in many occasions the predictions are unsafe. To better understand the shear behavior of the EBFRP RC beams and then enhance the prediction models, it was concluded that focused experimental programs should be carried out.
Key Words
    beam; fiber; FRP; reinforced concrete; shear strength
Samer Barakat, Salah Al-Toubat, Moussa Leblouba and Eman Al Burai: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, P.O. BOX 27272, United Arab Emirates

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