Creep response of intermediate flexural cracking behavior of reinforced concrete beam strengthened with an externally bonded FRP plate

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Abstract

In this study, a creep response model for the long-term behavior of interfacial shear stresses induced by intermediate flexural crack of FRP-plated RC beams is developed. A theoretical model based on the bi-linear cohesive zone model for intermediate crack-induced debonding is established, with the unique feature of unifying debonding initiation and growth with time increments. The creep behavior of the RC beam, adhesive layer and FRP plate have been included by considering the time-dependent mechanical properties. The time-dependent stress-deformation relationship caused by creep is referred to as bond-slip law. Consequently, a new interfacial law which combines time-dependent mechanical properties of all retrofitted beam constituents is proposed by considering constant the total energy during the creep response with intermediate crack. Obtained results are in good agreement with those given in literature. A parametric study is carried out to demonstrate the effect of the mechanical properties and thickness variations of FRP, concrete and adhesive on interface debonding. Indeed, the creep behavior, activates the debonding process in long term. Size of the softening zone is reached quickly and the bearing capacity of the retrofitted beam will be relatively affected by the time increase.

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Hadjazi, K., Sereir, Z., & Amziane, S. (2016). Creep response of intermediate flexural cracking behavior of reinforced concrete beam strengthened with an externally bonded FRP plate. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 9495, 196–205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2016.04.012

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