Residual bond strengths of epoxy and cement-bonded CFRP reinforcements to concrete interfaces after elevated temperature exposure

Zhuolin Wang, Jian Guo Dai, Mingqian Wang, Lingzhu Chen, Fuwen Zhang, Qingfeng Xu

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This paper presents the results from a comparative study on the residual bond performance of epoxy and cement-bonded carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) reinforcement to concrete interfaces that experienced different levels of elevated temperature exposure. In total twelve groups of concrete beams strengthened with CFRP sheet and grids of the same tensile stiffness, through epoxy and cement-based adhesive bonding, respectively, were carefully prepared and exposed to different test temperature levels from 20 °C to 600 °C. Both polymer cement mortar (PCM) and ductile engineered cementitious composite (ECC) were adopted as the cement binder. The strengthened beams were tested under three-point monotonic bending after different levels of elevated temperature exposure. It was found that with increasing the exposure temperature, the failure modes of the strengthened beams shifted from debonding in a thin layer of concrete substrate to debonding near the fiber-adhesive interface and tearing off of CFRP grids from the ECC matrix. The peak loads of concrete beams strengthened with cement-bonded CFRP grids are at least 50% higher than their counterparts strengthened with epoxy-bonded CFRP sheets given the same temperature exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103393
JournalFire Safety Journal
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021


  • Bond behavior
  • Cement bonding
  • CFRP reinforcement
  • Concrete
  • Elevated temperature exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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