Improved model for interfacial stresses accounting for the effect of shear deformation in plated beams

V. Narayanamurthy, J. F. Chen*, J. Cairns

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A significant increase in strength and performance of reinforced concrete, timber and metal beams may be achieved by adhesively bonding a fibre reinforced polymer composite, or metallic such as steel plate to the tension face of a beam. One of the major failure modes in these plated beams is the debonding of the plate from the original beam in a brittle manner. This is commonly attributed to the interfacial stresses between the adherends whose quantification has led to the development of many analytical solutions over the last two decades. The adherends are subjected to axial, bending and shear deformations. However, most analytical solutions have neglected the effect of shear deformation in adherends. Few solutions consider this effect approximately but are limited to one or two specific loading conditions. This paper presents a more rigorous solution for interfacial stresses in plated beams under an arbitrary loading with the shear deformation of the adherends duly considered in closed form using Timoshenko's beam theory. The solution is general to linear elastic analysis of prismatic beams of arbitrary cross section under arbitrary loading with a plate of any thickness bonded either symmetrically or asymmetrically with respect to the span of the beam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-47
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


  • Beam
  • Beam theory
  • Closed-form solution
  • FRP composite
  • Interfacial stresses
  • Strengthening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymers and Plastics


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