Experimental investigation on the flexural behaviour of pultruded GFRP beams filled with different concrete strengths

Muttashar, M. and Manalo, A. and Karunasena, W. and Lokuge, W. (2016) Experimental investigation on the flexural behaviour of pultruded GFRP beams filled with different concrete strengths. In: 8th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering, 14-16 Dec 2016, Hong Kong, China.

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Glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) pultruded profiles are being increasingly used in the construction industry due to their numerous advantageous over the conventional materials. However, most pultruded GFRP sections fail prematurely without utilising their high tensile strength due to their thin-walled sections. As a result, several hybrid systems made out of GFRP profiles and concrete as a filler material have been proposed in order to enhance their structural performance. Most of these studies utilised high strength concrete wherein the additional cost does not justify the enhancement in the stiffness and strength of the infilled GFRP profiles. This paper presents an experimental investigation on the effect of the compressive strength of concrete infill on the flexural behaviour of beams with a view to determine a lower cost infill for GFRP profiles. Pultruded GFRP square beams (125 mm x125 mm x 6.5mm) were filled with concrete having 10, 37 and 43.5 MPa compressive strength and tested under static four-point bending. The results showed that the capacity of the filled beam sections increased by 100 to 141% than the hollow sections. However, the compressive strength of the concrete infill has no significant effect on the flexural behaviour of the beams. The increase in concrete compressive strength from 10 to 43.5 MPa increased the ultimate moment by only 19% but exhibited an almost same flexural stiffness indicating that a low strength concrete is a practical solution to fill the GFRP profiles

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 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: 23 Jan 2017 07:06
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 03:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: FRP, hybrid beams, concrete infill, low-strength concrete
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30239

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