SHEAR STRENGTHENING OF RC DEEP BEAMS WITH SPRAYED FIBER-REINFORCED POLYMER COMPOSITES (SFRP): PART 2. FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
Keywords:SHEAR STRENGTHENING, FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS, RC DEEP BEAMS, SFRP, WCOMD.
THIS PAPER PRESENTS THE FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS CONDUCTED ON SFRP STRENGTHENED REINFORCED CONCRETE (RC) DEEP BEAMS. THE ANALYSIS VARIABLES INCLUDED WERE SFRP MATERIAL (GLASS AND CARBON), SFRP THICKNESS (3 MM AND 5 MM), SFRP CONFIGURATION AND STRENGTH OF CONCRETE. THE EXTERNALLY APPLIED SFRP ARE SIGNIFICANTLY EFFECTIVE TO ENHANCE THE ULTIMATE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY OF RC DEEP BEAMS. IN FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS, REALISTIC MATERIAL CONSTITUTIVE LAWS WERE UTILIZED WHICH ARE CAPABLE TO ACCOUNT NON-LINEAR BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS. THE FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS WAS PERFORMED USING COMPUTER SOFTWARE WCOMD. . IN THE ANALYSIS, TWO DIMENSIONAL EIGHT-NODED REINFORCED CONCRETE PLANER ELEMENTS FOR CONCRETE AND PLANER ELEMENTS WITH ELASTIC-BRITTLE BEHAVIOR FOR SFRP WERE USED TO SIMULATE THE PHYSICAL MODELS. CONCEPT OF SMEARED CRACKING IN CONCRETE AND STEEL WERE ADOPTED OVER THE ELEMENT. THE PREDICTED FINITE ELEMENT MODEL RESULTS ARE FOUND IN WELL AGREEMENT WITH THE EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS AND TO CAPTURE THE STRUCTURAL RESPONSE OF BOTH UN-STRENGTHENED AND SFRP STRENGTHENED RC DEEP BEAMS. A COMPARISON BETWEEN THE FINITE ELEMENT RESULTS AND EXPERIMENTAL DATA PROVED THE VALIDITY OF FINITE ELEMENT MODELS. FURTHER THE DEVELOPED FINITE ELEMENT MODELS WERE UTILIZED TO INVESTIGATE THE BEHAVIOR OF RC DEEP BEAMS STRENGTHENED WITH DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS OF SFRP STRIPS (VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL). THE VERTICAL SFRP STRIPS ARE FOUND TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN HORIZONTAL ONES. &NBSP;
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