Effect of corner radius on the performance of CFRP-confined square concrete columns : Test

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Author(s)

  • Lei-Ming Wang
  • Yu-Fei Wu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-505
Journal / PublicationEngineering Structures
Volume30
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

Abstract

Jacketing confines concrete, and hence increases the strength and ductility of jacketed columns. A significant amount of research has been devoted to circular columns that have been retrofitted with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP), but much less is known about FRP-confined rectangular/square columns in which the concrete is non-uniformly confined and the effectiveness of confinement is much reduced. Some studies suggest that a sharp corner (i.e., a zero corner radius) offers no confinement. However, most published research indicates that a certain degree of effective confinement is provided by a jacket with sharp corners. To further study this problem, this study undertook compressive testing to investigate the effect of corner radius on the strength and ductility of FRP-confined concrete columns. This paper reports a series of tests on 108 carbon FRP (CFRP) confined short concrete columns. The primary variables in the investigation were the corner radius, transverse jacket stiffness, and concrete grade. The test results demonstrated that the corner radius ratio is in direct proportion to the increase in confined concrete strength. Furthermore, it is revealed and explained that confinement provided by a jacket with sharp corners is insignificant in increasing the strength of columns but significant in increasing the ductility of columns. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Columns, Concrete, Confinement, Corner radius, FRP, Test

Citation Format(s)

Effect of corner radius on the performance of CFRP-confined square concrete columns: Test. / Wang, Lei-Ming; Wu, Yu-Fei.
In: Engineering Structures, Vol. 30, No. 2, 02.2008, p. 493-505.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review