Near-surface mounted FRP reinforcement: An emerging technique for strengthening structures

L. De Lorenzis, Jinguang Teng

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Near-surface mounted (NSM) fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement is one of the latest and most promising strengthening techniques for reinforced concrete (RC) structures. Research on this topic started only a few years ago but has by now attracted worldwide attention. Issues raised by the use of NSM FRP reinforcement include the optimization of construction details, models for the bond behaviour between NSM FRP and concrete, reliable design methods for flexural and shear strengthening, and the maximization of the advantages of this technique. This paper provides a critical review of existing research in this area, identifies gaps of knowledge, and outlines directions for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-143
Number of pages25
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007


  • A. Polymer matrix composites (PMCs)
  • B. Debonding
  • C. Analytical modeling
  • D. Mechanical testing
  • Near-surface mounted reinforcement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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