The Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Matrices (FRCMs) are promising strengthening solution for existing masonry since inorganic matrix is considerably compatible with historical substrates. Nevertheless, matrix is responsible of the stress-transfer in composites so, in case of poor-quality mortar, the effectiveness of the strengthening can be limited or even compromised. For this reason, a few studies have been targeted to this aspect in the recent past, while numerical investigation are still limited. The present paper refers to a Finite Element (FE) analysis of masonry columns confined with FRCM composites developed by Abaqus-code and based on the macromodel approach. At this scope, available experimental results were used for the calibration regarding different types of matrix (lime and cement based) for FRCM-confinement. The model was performed by using the Plastic (P) and the Concrete Damage Plasticity (CDP) material constitutive laws. The FRCM-strengthened system was preliminary modeled as a homogenous elastic material until failure. Typical failures of FRCM-systems are detachment of the matrix from the substrate, slippage of the fibers within the embedding matrix, detachment of the composite strip at the fabricmatrix interface and fiber rupture. In this study, perfect bond was considered for the interaction between the masonry column and the external reinforcement according to the experimental observations (calibration specimens). Parametric analysis allowed to evidence the influence of the mechanical and geometrical parameters on the structural performances of the FRCM-system in confining column.
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