This thesis investigates gaps in the current understanding of some key aspects of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) strengthened reinforced concrete (RC) members. There are four important issues have been investigated. Firstly, a novel pullout test was developed to investigate the stress transfer mechanics and failure modes of near surface mounted (NSM) FRP strengthened RC blocks at a fundamental level. Secondly, the (FEA) was used to gain a detailed understanding of stress distribution both along the bond line and through the thickness of the adhesive layer for the RC members strengthened either by NSM or externally bonded plate (EBP) FRP technique.
|Date of Award||2007|
|Supervisor||Wendel Sebastian (Supervisor)|