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Earthquakes and Structures   Volume 15, Number 6, December 2018, pages 617-627
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/eas.2018.15.6.617
 
Full scale tests of RC joints with minor to moderate seismic damage repaired using C-FRP sheets
Chris G. Karayannis and Emmanuil Golias

 
Abstract     [Full Text]
    After earthquakes FRP sheets are often used for the rehabilitation of damaged Reinforced Concrete (RC) beamcolumn connections. Connections with minor to moderate damage are often dealt with by applying FRP sheets after a superficial repair of the cracks using resin paste or high strength mortar but without infusion of thin resin solution under pressure into the cracking system. This technique is usually adopted in these cases due to the fast and easy-to-apply procedure. The experimental investigation reported herein aims at evaluating the effectiveness of repairing the damaged beam-column connections using FRP sheets after a meticulous but superficial repair of their cracking system using resin paste. The investigation comprises experimental results of 10 full scale beam-column joint specimens; five original joints and the corresponding retrofitted ones. The repair technique has been applied to RC joints with different joint reinforcement arrangements with minor to severe damage brought about by cyclic loading for the purposes of this work. Aiming at quantitative concluding remarks about the effectiveness of the repair technique, data concerning response loads, loading stiffness and energy absorption values have been acquired and commented upon. Furthermore, comparisons of damage index values and values of equivalent viscous damping, as obtained during the test of the original specimens, with the corresponding ones observed in the loading of the repaired ones have also been evaluated and commented. Based on these comparisons, it is deduced that the technique under investigation can be considered to be a rather satisfactory repair technique for joints with minor to moderate damage taking into account the rapid, convenient and easy-to-apply character of its application.
 
Key Words
    retrofit/repair; earthquake damage; reinforced concrete; beam-column joints; FRP sheets
 
Address
Chris G. Karayannis and Emmanuil Golias: Department of Civil Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi 67100, Greece
 

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