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Evaluation of the Bond-To-Concrete Properties of GFRP Rebars in Marine Environments

Version 1 : Received: 22 August 2018 / Approved: 27 August 2018 / Online: 27 August 2018 (05:47:18 CEST)

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Ruiz Emparanza, A.; De Caso Y Basalo, F.; Kampmann, R.; Adarraga Usabiaga, I. Evaluation of the Bond-to-Concrete Properties of GFRP Rebars in Marine Environments. Infrastructures 2018, 3, 44. Ruiz Emparanza, A.; De Caso Y Basalo, F.; Kampmann, R.; Adarraga Usabiaga, I. Evaluation of the Bond-to-Concrete Properties of GFRP Rebars in Marine Environments. Infrastructures 2018, 3, 44.

Journal reference: Infrastructures 2018, 3, 44
DOI: 10.3390/infrastructures3040044

Abstract

Increased traffic in combination with growing environmental impacts, have led to accelerated degradation of the built infrastructure. In reinforced concrete structures, the corrosion of steel reinforcement is the predominant cause of deterioration. Thus, over the last years the use of glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) composites as internal reinforcement bars (rebars) for concrete structures was evaluated, and has been proved to be a viable alternative to traditional steel reinforcement mainly due to its tensile strength and non-corrosive nature. However, thus far, the GFRP rebar market is diverse and manufacturers around the world produce GFRP rebar types with different surface enhancement to improve the bond to concrete characteristics. In this study, the bond performance of three dissimilar GFRP rebar types (sand coated, helically grooved and with surface lugs) was evaluated over time in seawater environments, with a focus on the bond strength. Accordingly, specimens were expose to seawater in circulating chambers, at three different temperatures (23 °C, 40 °C and 60 °C) for multiple time periods (60 and 120 days). To evaluate the bond performance, pullout tests were conducted according to ASTM D7913 [1]. The results showed that the bond strength varies with surface enhancement features. However, the bond strength didn’t vary significantly with exposure time and temperature for all three evaluated rebar types.

Subject Areas

GFRP rebars; durability; bond; temperature; surface enhancement

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