Improving Shear Capacity and Ductility of Shear-deficient RC Beams Using CFRP Strips

ALTIN S., ANIL Ö., KOPRAMAN Y., Mertoglu C., Kara M. E.

JOURNAL OF REINFORCED PLASTICS AND COMPOSITES, vol.29, no.19, pp.2975-2991, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 19
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0731684410363182
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2975-2991
  • Keywords: RC beam, shear strengthening, CFRP strips, anchorages, STRENGTHENING CONCRETE BEAMS, COMPOSITES, SHEETS
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


The results of an experimental investigation are presented in this article for improving the shear capacity and ductility of reinforced concrete beams by using CFRP strips. The purpose of this study is to obtain ductile flexural behavior for shear-deficient reinforced concrete beams. The experimental program consisted of 10 T cross-sectioned half scale simply supported beam specimens, seven of which were constructed with deficient shear reinforcement and the remaining three without any shear reinforcement. One beam was used as a reference and nine beams were strengthened using U-shaped CFRP strips with or without fan type anchorage. Three different CFRP strip spacing such as s(f) = 125 mm, 150 mm, and 200 mm were used. The effect of anchorages that were used at the ends of the strips on shear strength and behavior of the strengthened specimens was investigated. CFRP strips without anchorages improved the shear strength, but no flexural behavior was observed. specimens failed with brittle shear failure due to peeling of CFRP strip from RC beam surfaces. specimens with deficient shear reinforcement that were strengthened with anchored CFRP strips showed improved shear strength and ductile flexural behavior was observed. Similar behaviors were observed for specimens even without any shear reinforcement. When the CFRP strip strains of the specimens with anchorages and without anchorages were compared, maximum strains at anchored strips were approximately 56% larger than that of without anchorages.