Axial compression tests on large-scale FRP-confined RC columns

Y. X. Zhang, Jinguang Teng, L. Lam

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To enable the safe and reliable design of confining FRP jackets for the strengthening of RC columns, the stress- strain behaviour of FRP-confined concrete needs to be properly understood and modelled. While numerous studies have been conducted on FRP-confined concrete using small-scale FRP-confined plain concrete specimens, uncertainties and concerns exist with regard to the direct extrapolation of conclusions reached in these studies to the behaviour of FRP-confined concrete in large-scale reinforced concrete (RC) columns on which there has been very limited work. Against this background, this paper presents the test results of part of an ongoing experimental programme on large-scale FRP-confined RC columns. The entire experimental programme comprising 16 axial compression tests on large-scale RC columns is first descried. Details of the four tests already completed are then reported and the results discussed. These results confirm the expected benefits of FRP confinement of RC columns in enhancing both their strength and ductility. As with small-scale plain concrete specimens, the hoop rupture strain of an FRP jacket in a large-scale RC column is much lower than the material ultimate tensile strain from flat coupon tests; this reduction appears to be more severe in large RC columns than in small plain concrete specimens. The completed tests have also shown that the instrumentation scheme needs to be refined in fixture tests to better capture the development of strains in the FRP jacket.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment, IPCIE 2010
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event2nd International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment, IPCIE 2010 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 1 Jun 20102 Jun 2010


Conference2nd International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment, IPCIE 2010
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • Compression
  • Confinement
  • FRP
  • Large-scale columns
  • RC columns
  • Strengthening
  • Stress-strain behaviour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • General Environmental Science


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