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Advances in Concrete Construction   Volume 6, Number 6, December 2018, pages 645-658
Strengthening of concrete damaged by mechanical loading and elevated temperature
Hammad Ahmad, Rashid Hameed, Muhammad Rizwan Riaz and Asad Ali Gillani

Abstract     [Full Text]
    Despite being one of the most abundantly used construction materials because of its exceptional properties, concrete is susceptible to deterioration and damage due to various factors particularly corrosion, improper loading, poor workmanship and design discrepancies, and as a result concrete structures require retrofitting and strengthening. In recent times, Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites have substituted the conventional techniques of retrofitting and strengthening of damaged concrete. Most of the research studies related to concrete strengthening using FRP have been performed on undamaged test specimens. This contribution presents the results of an experimental study in which concrete specimens were damaged by mechanical loading and elevated temperature in laboratory prior to application of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) sheets for strengthening. The test specimens prepared using concrete of target compressive strength of 28 MPa at 28 days were subjected to compressive and splitting tensile testing up to failure and the intact pieces of the failed specimens were collected for the purpose of repair. In order to induce damage as a result of elevated temperature, the concrete cylinders were subjected to 400oC and 800
Key Words
    concrete; mechanical loading; elevated temperature; damage; strengthening; CFRP
Hammad Ahmad, Rashid Hameed, Muhammad Rizwan Riaz and Asad Ali Gillani: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, G.T. Road Lahore, Pakistan

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