Flexural behaviour of hardwood and softwood beams with mechanically connected GFRP plates

Marco Corradi, Thuc P. Vo, Keerthan Poologanathan, Adelaja Israel Osofero

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The use of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers (GFRP) can delay or prevent tension failure in timber beams under loading and highly reduce tensile stresses. In this paper, the problem of reversibility, compatibility, and poor performance at high temperatures, of “traditional” organic adhesives was mitigated through the use of metal connectors. The flexural behaviour of hardwood and softwood beams reinforced by mechanically connected GFRP plates, has been studied through series of experimental investigations and numerical modelling. The experimental program included strengthening and testing of a total of 91 beams (50 hardwood and 41 softwood). Each beam was loaded above its service load until complete failure. Different strengthening layouts and quantity of metal connectors were used. The increment in capacity and stiffness is the main focus of this paper and effects of strengthening on deflection, failure load and failure mode, strain, and beam ductility were discussed in details. The combination of different GFRP configurations with appropriate amount of metal connectors, led to the doubling of the maximum load carrying capacity of the beams.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-620
Number of pages11
JournalComposite Structures
Early online date5 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes

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