Debonding in RC beams shear strengthened with complete FRP wraps

S. Y. Cao, J. F. Chen, Jinguang Teng, Z. Hao, J. Chen

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Substantial research has been conducted on the shear strengthening of reinforced concrete (RC) beams with bonded fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) strips. The beams may be strengthened in various ways: complete FRP wraps covering the whole cross section (i.e., complete wrapping), FRP U jackets covering the two sides and the tension face (i.e., U jacketing), and FRP strips bonded to the sides only (i.e., side bonding). Shear failure of such strengthened beams is generally in one of two modes: FRP rupture and debonding. The former mode governs in almost all beams with complete FRP wraps and some beams with U jackets, while the latter mode governs in all beams with side strips and U jackets. In RC beams strengthened with complete wraps, referred to as FRP wrapped beams, the shear failure process usually starts with the debonding of FRP from the sides of the beam near the critical shear crack, but ultimate failure is by rupture of the FRP. Most previous research has been concerned with the ultimate failure of FRP wrapped beams when FRP ruptures. However, debonding of FRP from the sides is at least a serviceability limit state and may also be taken as the ultimate limit state. This paper presents an experimental study on this debonding failure state in which a total of 18 beams were tested. The paper focuses on the distribution of strains in the FRP strips intersected by the critical shear crack, and the shear capacity at debonding. A simple model is proposed to predict the contribution of FRP to the shear capacity of the beam at the complete debonding of the critical FRP strip.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-428
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Composites for Construction
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2005


  • Bonding strength
  • Concrete beams
  • Fiber reinforced plastics
  • Shear failure
  • Shear strength
  • Strain distribution
  • Stress distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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