Tests of FRP-strengthened RC beams under low velocity impact

Y. Lu*, J. F. Chen, K. Gordon, K. Francis, T. J. Stratford, I. M. May

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    Reinforced concrete beams strengthened externally with FRP plates were tested to investigate the dynamic response and failure modes of such beams under high mass and low velocity impact. The tests were conducted using a drop-weight apparatus, and different combinations of impact velocity and impact interface conditions were considered. The test instrumentation included the time histories of the impact force, reaction forces, strains on the FRP plates, and deflections at selected locations, whilst the damage and failure process in the critical region was recorded using a high speed camera. This paper presents the experimental programme and the main test results. Debonding of the FRP plates was observed as a dominant failure mode, and this phenomenon and its implications on the effectiveness of the particular strengthening method against impact are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvanced Composites in Construction 2013, ACIC 2013 - Conference Proceedings
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2013
    Event6th International Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction - Belfast, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Sept 201312 Sept 2013


    Conference6th International Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction
    Abbreviated titleACIC 2013
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Building and Construction
    • Ceramics and Composites


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