Bond strength of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) rebars was experimentally investigated in this study and compared to that of steel rebars. A total of 64 concrete beams reinforced with two types of FRP rebars, respectively, were tested. Four nominal diameters of FRP and steel rebars, namely, 12.7, 15.9, 19.1 and 25.4 mm and three embedment lengths, six, 10 and 16 times the rebar diameter were used. Moreover, three concrete depths of 200, 600 and 1000 mm were investigated in the 18 pullout specimens. Results of the tests indicated that the applied tensile load approached the tensile strength of rebars as the embedment length increased and the GFRP rebars showed lower bond strength values compared to steel rebars. The average maximum bond strength of the FRP rebars varied from 5.1 to 12.3 MPa depending on the diameter and the embedment length. The GFRP rebars showed lower bond strength values compared to steel rebars. A modification factor of 1.30 is recommended for computing the development length, to account for the top bar effect. A new model is proposed for the ascending branch of the bond-slip law. © 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
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