The structural behaviour of eccentrically loaded reinforced concrete columns with rectangular cross sections strengthened with a cement based composite materials wrapping system, is analysed in the paper, both experimentally and analytically. The main issues focussed in the paper were: i) the effectiveness of the cement based wrapping systems to improve the strength of the reinforced concrete columns, ii) the influence of the load eccentricity and the reinforcement ratio on the structural response of wrapped columns, iii) the prediction, by an analytical procedure, of the structural behaviour of wrapped columns. A total of 8 reinforced concrete columns with end corbels, wrapped with fabric meshes of PBO (short of Polypara-phenylene-benzo-bisthiazole) fibers embedded into a cement based matrix (PBO-FRCM system), were tested varying both the reinforcement ratio, rf, and the eccentricity-to-section height ratio (e/h). The influence of mechanical and geometrical parameters on the structural response of wrapped columns was analysed in terms of failure modes, strength and ductility. To predict the structural response of wrapped columns, a non linear second-order analysis that takes into account the changes in geometry caused by lateral deformations is, also, developed. Theoretical results were compared with experimental ones to validate the effectiveness of the proposed procedure.
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|Titolo:||Structural behaviour of fabric reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) strengthened concrete columns under eccentric loading|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|