Analysis of FRP-strengthened RC beam-column joints

Costas P. Antonopoulos, Thanasis C. Triantafillou

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Analytical models are presented in this study for the analysis of reinforced concrete joints strengthened with composite materials in the form of externally bonded reinforcement comprising unidirectional strips or flexible fabrics. The models provide equations for stresses and strains at various stages of the response (before or after yielding of the beam or column reinforcement) until the ultimate capacity is reached, defined by concrete crushing or fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) failure due to fracture or debonding. Solutions to these equations are obtained numerically. The models provide useful information on the shear capacity of FRP-strengthened joints in terms of the quantity and configuration of the externally bonded reinforcement and may be used to design FRP patching for inadequately detailed beam-column joints. A number of case studies are examined in this article, indicating that even low quantities of FRP materials may provide significant enhancement of the shear capacity. The effectiveness of external reinforcement increases considerably if debonding is suppressed and depends heavily on the distribution of layers in the beam and column. The latter depends on the relative quantities of steel reinforcement crossing the joint panel and the level of axial load in the column. Analytical shear strength predictions were in good agreement with test results found in the literature, thus adding confidence to the validity of the proposed models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-51
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2002


  • Analytical techniques
  • Beam columns
  • Fiber reinforced materials
  • Joints
  • Polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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