Flexural Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Beams Using Valid Strengthening Techniques
Alaa A. Bashandy
|Published in:||Archives of Civil Engineering, September 2013, n. 3, v. 59|
This study aims to evaluate the efficiency of strengthening reinforced concrete beams using some valid strengthening materials and techniques. Using concrete layer, reinforced concrete layer and steel plates are investigated in this research. Experiments on strengthening beam samples of dimensions 100x150x1100mm are performed. Samples are divided in to three groups. Group “A” is strengthened using 2cm thickness concrete layer only (two types). Group “B” is strengthened using 2cm thickness concrete layer reinforced with meshes (steel and plastic). Group “C” is strengthened using steel plates. The initial cracking load, ultimate load and crack pattern of tested beams are illustrated. The experimental results show that for group A and B, the ultimate strength, stiffness, ductility, and failure mode of RC beams, with the same thickness strengthening layer applied, will be affected by the mesh type, type of concrete layer. While for group C, these parameters affected by the fixation technique and adhesion type.
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