Surface treatments and adhesion bonding between concrete and a CFRP composite

Lin Ye, Klaus Friedrich, Christian Weimer, Yiu Wing Mai

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Applications of fibre reinforced plastics to repair worn-out civil structures rely on comprehensive understanding of strengthening mechanisms, especially adhesion bonding between composites and concrete. A special testing procedure was developed to investigate adhesion bonding betweenconcrete and a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), mainly under normal loading conditions. As concrete surface treatments were expected to influence bond strength, different abrasive procedures were investigated; in addition, the application of a silane primer on the concrete surface wasstudied, using an epoxy resin or a vinyl ester resin as adhesive. An approach based on fracture mechanics was applied to evaluate debonding fracture energy. Microscopic examinations were conducted to identify fracture mechanisms. Crack propagation was found to be dependent on surface treatmentsas well as the type of adhesive. Applying the silane primer as coupling agent, bonding strength was clearly improved for poorly treated surfaces. The vinyl ester resin as adhesive was found to be inefficient for achieving high bonding strength between the CFRP and the concrete.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-61
Number of pages15
JournalAdvanced Composite Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Adhesion bonding
  • Composite
  • Concrete
  • Silane primer
  • Surface treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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