Degradation of EB-GFRP systems due to artificial aging conditions

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The use of adhesively bonded joints between Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) and concrete elements have been spread out in the past decades. However, due to their recent applications, the durability aspects related with these bonded joints requires the use of high safety factors which strongly restricts the mechanical capacity of the FRP composites. The experimental assessment
of the degradation of FRP-to-concrete interfaces is an important task because it provides useful data that can be used to calibrate analytical or numerical models with the aim of helping on the
correct understanding of the interfacial degradation. In this work, a new and simple interfacial bond-slip model that needs only one parameter to be experimentally defined is proposed.
Compared to unaged Glass (G) FRP-to-concrete interfaces, the relative degradation of these bonded interfaces is studied after being subjected to: (i) salt fog cycles; (ii) wet-dry cycles; (iii)
temperature cycles between -10ºC and +30ºC; and (iv) between +7.5ºC and +47.5ºC. The subsequent full debonding processes are predicted through an analytical model that takes into account the degradations experimentally determined from the tests.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XVI Portuguese Conference on Fracture (PCF 2018)
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventXVI Portuguese Conference on Fracture (PCF 2018) - Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI), Covilhã, Portugal
Duration: 23 Apr 201824 Apr 2018


ConferenceXVI Portuguese Conference on Fracture (PCF 2018)


  • Durability
  • Bonded joints
  • GFRP-to-concrete interface
  • Analytical model


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