Interface Response of CFRP Fabrics for Concrete Substrates Enhanced with Toughened Epoxy Adhesive Layers

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Achillopoulou D., Montalbano A., Choffat F.

10th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE), İstanbul, Turkey, 8 - 10 December 2021, vol.198, pp.1632-1644 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 198
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-030-88166-5_142
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1632-1644
  • Keywords: CFRPs, Toughened adhesives, Nanoparticles, Interfaces, Corrosion, CHLORIDE-INDUCED CORROSION, RC BEAMS, FRP, PERFORMANCE, DURABILITY, STEEL
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


Superstructures such as reinforced concrete bridges, often suffer from exposure to extreme corrosive environments. The corrosion of the reinforcement leads to a decrease of their capacity and their structural performance needs to be upgraded with strengthening measures. Lately, the use of Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) in retrofitting schemes has attracted a lot of attention. In this paper the interface response of adhesively bonded Carbon FRP (CFRP) fabrics applied on concrete substrates is investigated. This paper deals with the study of the integration of CFRP fabrics using different adhesive layers as the composite's matrix, first using a conventional adhesive and next using an enhanced toughened adhesive layer. Two different scenarios of substrate integrity were studied: a) healthy concrete and b) substrate with corrosion products. The bond-slip behavior of the interfaces between concrete and the laminated fabrics was investigated with a modified double shear test configuration. The use of the toughened matrix increases the shear stresses up to 61% in failure, nonetheless in significant lower ratio of strains. The corrosion reduces the maximum shear stresses of the interface up to 20% and the corresponding strains up to 23% in failure. For the scenario were the toughened matrix was used, there is a shift in the response from a pseudo-ductile to linear with a tendency to fully elastic. The crack propagation is depicted in distinct stages. The use of toughened adhesive layers with reduced stiffness shifts the mindset of creating high stiffness retrofitting solutions to achieve high mechanical performance and still ensures an efficient strengthening response.