Performance-based approach for fire resistance design of FRP-strengthened RC beams: A case sdtuy

Wan Yang Gao, Jian Guo Dai, J. G. Teng

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The use of externally bonded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) systems in the strengthening of reinforced concrete (RC) members has become widely accepted in practice in recent years. A significant concern with this strengthening technique is the fire resistance of the strengthened member, for which a reliable design approach has not been developed. This paper presents a newly established design approach for the fire resistance of FRP-strengthened RC beams and demonstrates its use through a case study. The proposed approach allows the use of three different levels of fire insulation following the performance-based design philosophy. In a Level-I design, no fire insulation is provided and the mechanical resistance of the FRP system is completely ignored; the RC beam itself is expected to survive the required fire resistance period. On the other extreme, a Level-III design can be adopted, in which the FRP system (as well as the original RC beam) is protected by fire insulation to remain effective during the required fire resistance period. Between the two extremes, a Level-II design can be employed, in which a moderate level of fire insulation is provided to protect the RC beam rather than the FRP system. For each level of design, appropriate methods of analysis are introduced for fire resistance evaluation. All three levels of fire resistance design are illustrated in the paper through a case study.


ConferenceJoint Conference of the 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures, FRPRCS 2015 and the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Structures, APFIS 2015


  • Finite element analysis
  • Fire
  • FRP
  • Performance-based design
  • Strengthening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)


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