Theoretical model for slender FRP-confined circular RC columns

T. Jiang, Jinguang Teng

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An important application of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites is to provide confinement to reinforced concrete (RC) columns to enhance their load-carrying capacity. However, this application is generally restricted to short columns as existing design guidelines do not contain provisions for the design of FRP jackets for slender columns. This situation has been due to both the scarcity of test data and the lack of rigorous theoretical studies into the behavior of slender FRP-confined RC columns. This paper presents a theoretical model for slender FRP-confined circular RC columns based on the numerical integration method; Lam and Teng's stress-strain model is employed to describe the behavior of FRP-confined concrete in the column. Predictions from the theoretical column model are compared with existing test results, which demonstrates that the theoretical model is reasonably accurate in reproducing the experimental results of FRP-confined circular RC columns. These comparisons also demonstrate the need to conduct careful tests on large-scale columns to eliminate some uncertainties associated with the existing test data to enable a more conclusive verification of the proposed theoretical column model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-76
Number of pages11
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012


  • Concrete
  • Confinement
  • FRP
  • Slender columns
  • Theoretical model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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