Abstract Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) has been used to strengthen steel members in bending and compression. There is a lack of understanding on behaviour of CFRP strengthened steel beams subject to torsion. This paper presents an experimental study on the behaviour of CFRP strengthened square hollow section (SHS) beams in pure torsion. A set of tests on CFRP strengthened steel specimens under torsion was carried out in which several different strengthening configurations were used. CFRP sheet wrapping consisted of different configurations including vertical, spiral, and reverse-spiral wrapping were used. The results showed that using CFRP could improve the elastic and plastic torsional strength of CFRP strengthened steel beam specimens. The number of layers of CFRP and the strengthening configurations were important factors for the improvement. Based on the measured values of the torsional moment at yielding and at ultimate, the corresponding twists, the torsional behavioural curves and the failure modes of the strengthened beam specimens, useful concluding remarks are presented.
- SHS steel beam
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Building and Construction
- Mechanical Engineering