Theoretical analysis of fracture in double overlap bonded joints with FRP composites and thin steel plates

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Abstract

The effective stress transfer between the fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) and the steel substrate is crucial for the successful retrofit of existing steel structures with FRP composites. However, there are no standard tests for FRP-to-steel interfaces, wherefore different test configurations have been used in recent years to assess the bond behaviour in these interfaces. The present study shows that the choice of test configuration is highly important and leads to different transfer stresses between the FRP and steel composites and consequently, has a direct influence on the strength of the bonded joint. Therefore, it is important to understand the debonding process that occurs in each test and avoid misinterpretations, erroneous analyses and dangerous characterizations of the interfacial behaviour of these interfaces. The current study presents a new analytical approach for the prediction of the debonding of FRP-to-steel interfaces when double-lap pull or double-strap tests are used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-460
Number of pages26
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Volume190
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Analytical approach
  • FRP composites
  • Steel
  • Stress transfer
  • Test setup

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