JOURNAL OF ADHESION, cilt.86, ss.1132-1157, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
Reinforcement of reinforced concrete (RC) beams against bending through utilization of bonded fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) laminates has been accepted as an effective method of strengthening. In this study, the effects of FRP reinforcement over the parameters of interfacial stresses in reinforced concrete beams were examined both experimentally and numerically. Essentially, the main goal of the study was to investigate quantitatively the behaviour of the RC beams strengthened with adhesively bonded FRP. In order to achieve this goal, an experimental study was initially carried out. Afterwards, the ANSYS (R) WB finite element program was employed to model and analyze the RC beams externally bonded to FRP. The obtained results are expected to demonstrate the main characteristics of interfacial stress distributions inside beams strengthened with FRP. The evaluation of interfacial stresses provides the basis for understanding the main characteristics in such beams and for developing suitable design rules.