Influence of post-processing on the compressive behaviour of full-scale pultruded FRP columns: Holes and inserts

Alajarmeh, Omar ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9446-5436 and Alhawamdeh, Mohammad and Shelley, Tristan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4812-0285 and Mohammed, Ali and Nicol, Lachlan and Schubel, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1610-0922 and Zeng, Xuesen (2022) Influence of post-processing on the compressive behaviour of full-scale pultruded FRP columns: Holes and inserts. Engineering Structures, 266:114547. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0141-0296


Abstract

Pultruded Fibre Reinforced Polymer (PFRP) composite sections are being implemented extensively in many civil infrastructure applications due to their unique strength- and stiffness-to-weight ratio and non-corrosive nature. After production, PFRP sections are usually subjected to post-processing to enhance their versatility and structural integrity, including drilling holes and placing anti-crush inserts inside the hollow sections. This study investigates the influence of the drilled holes and the incorporated inserts on the compressive behaviour of PFRP sections. The effect of the quantity and diameter of the holes as well as the glued and unglued anti-crushed inserts inside the hollow part of the PFRP section was investigated experimentally. Finite element modelling was employed to simulate and validate the experimental behaviour of the PFRP columns under compressive loading. Digital Image Correlation (DIC) technique, using a high resolusion tracing camera, was utilised to capture the actual strain distribution at the outer surface of the PFRP sections to observe and correlate the impact of the holes and inserts with numerical solutions. Test results showed that the failure modes and load resistance capacity of PFRP columns were insensitive to the number of holes and the hole diameter due to the unique pull-winding manufacturing process, which results in continuous wound fibres around the perimeter. On the contrary, placing internal inserts prevented the occurrence of local buckling with slight enhancement in the axial load capacity. Moreover, delamination failure at the column corners was observed to occur prior to the local buckling and the final failure in the columns without and with inserts, respectively.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 04:53
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 04:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: Buckling; Compressive strength; Delamination; DIC; FEM; Hole; Post-processing; Pultruded composite
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400510 Structural engineering
40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401602 Composite and hybrid materials
40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400505 Construction materials
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 12 CONSTRUCTION > 1203 Construction materials performance and processes > 120399 Construction materials performance and processes not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2022.114547
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49524

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