The effect of shear span-to-depth ratio on the failure mode and strength of pultruded GFRP beams

Muttashar, Majid and Karunasena, Warna and Manalo, Allan and Lokuge, Weena (2015) The effect of shear span-to-depth ratio on the failure mode and strength of pultruded GFRP beams. In: Joint Conference of the 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-12) & the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Structures (APFIS-2015), 14-16 Dec 2015, Nanjing, China.

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The use of structural pultruded fibre reinforced polymers (FRP) sections have gained wide acceptance in civil engineering applications due to their favourable structural characteristics like high strength, light weight and durability in severe environmental conditions. However, due to their relatively low modulus of elasticity and thinned walls, these sections are vulnerable to local buckling which can affect their ultimate strength. This paper investigates experimentally the flexural behaviour of pultruded GFRP beams with shear span-to-depth (a/d) ratios in the range of 1.2 to 6 using full scale pultruded profiles. Failure modes, strength and crack patterns are the main parameters that were examined in this study. The study shows that shear span has a minor effect on the failure modes of the beams while it has a noticeable effect on the ultimate strength. In addition, fibre model analysis was used to validate the experimental results. Comparison between the experimental and the theoretical analysis results shows a good approximation of the moment - deflection behaviour and failure moment of pultruded GFRP beams.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract only published in Proceedings. No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit of Accepted Version.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 04:40
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 05:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: fibre–reinforced composite, GFRP beams, shear span effect, strength, failure mode
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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