Performance of corroded reinforced-concrete beams in flexure strengthened using different basalt fiber textile-reinforced mortar schemes

Silas Oluwadahunsi, Charles K.S. Moy*

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Abstract

The need for an effective method for the restoration of corrosion-damaged reinforced-concrete elements cannot be overemphasized. In this investigation, the use of textile-reinforced mortar (TRM) for external strengthening of corroded reinforced-concrete beams in flexure is examined. The degrees of corrosion considered were 10% and 20% mass losses of the tension steel at midspan. Sixteen beams were tested in four-point bending; eight beams were cast using normal grade 35 concrete and eight beams were cast with a special high-strength concrete with steel fibers. Three strengthening schemes of a single-ply basalt TRM, covering an equal area on individual beam surfaces, were employed. As expected, the corrosion had a detrimental effect on load-carrying capacity, ductility, energy absorption, and flexural stiffness of RC beams. The strengthening schemes increased the load capacity of the 10% corroded beams within a range of 7.5%-26%, thereby yielding a restoration ranging from 105% to 112% of the peak load capacity. Full recovery of load capacities was not achieved for the 20% corroded beams. The ultimate failure mode observed in all strengthened specimens was fiber rupture, indicating full utilization of composite action of basalt TRM. A U-wrap scheme gave the best load-displacement response and energy absorption recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number04020061
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Basalt fiber
  • Corrosion
  • External strengthening
  • Reinforced concrete (RC)
  • Textile-reinforced mortar

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