Bond durability of glass fiber-reinforced polymer bars embedded in concrete beams

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An experimental and analytical investigation of bond durability of E-glass fiber-reinforced polymer reinforcement bars in concrete beams is presented. Beams were conditioned with sustained flexural loads in indoor, outdoor, 60°C alkaline solution, or freeze/thaw environments for up to 3 years, after which they were subjected to eccentric three-point flexure tests to evaluate bond. Experimental bar force and slip were used to draw direct conclusions on bond durability, and also to calibrate a proposed local bond-slip model that incorporates concrete cover splitting. Experimental bar force at the onset of free-end slip varied little after any of the conditionings, although the characteristic of bond failure was noted to be less ductile in the moister environments. The interfacial fracture energy associated with bond-slip did not change with conditioning time in any of the environments except freeze/thaw, where a monotonic reduction versus time was seen. The effective bond length of the bar under various conditionings varied roughly in proportion to the local slip at complete local bond failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-278
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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