Ductility of FRP-concrete systems: Investigations at different length scales

Oguz Gunes, Denvid Lau, Chakrapan Tuakta, Oral Büyüköztürk*

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Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) materials have been increasingly used in the last two decades to improve various structural characteristics of reinforced concrete (RC) bridges, buildings and other structures. Ductility of the resulting FRP-concrete system plays an important role in structural performance, especially in certain applications such as earthquake resistant design of structures, where ductility and energy dissipation play a vital role. Wrapping RC columns with FRP has been shown to generally result in significant increase in ductility due to the confinement of concrete by the FRP. Other applications such as flexural strengthening of beams involve tradeoffs between ductility and the desired load capacity. Furthermore, environmental factors may adversely affect the FRP-concrete bond raising concerns about the ductility of the system due to possible premature failure modes. Characterization of these effects requires the use of more involved mechanics concepts other than the simple elastic or ultimate strength analyses. This paper focuses on characterizing ductility of the FRP-concrete systems at different length scales using a combined experimental/computational mechanics approach. Effects of several parameters on ductility, including constituent material properties and their interfaces, FRP reinforcement geometry at the macro- and meso-level, and atomistic structure at the molecular level are discussed. Integration of this knowledge will provide the basis for improved design strategies considering the ductility of FRP-concrete systems from a global as well as local perspective including interface bond behavior under various mechanical and environmental conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)915-925
Number of pages11
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
Directorate for Engineering0856325, 0510797, 0010126


    • Concrete
    • Debonding
    • Ductility
    • Fracture
    • FRP
    • Moisture
    • Multi-scale
    • Temperature


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