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Crack Propagation Modeling of Strengthening of RC Deep Beams With CFRP Plates

Version 1 : Received: 21 February 2021 / Approved: 22 February 2021 / Online: 22 February 2021 (13:14:36 CET)

How to cite: Shahbazpanahi, S.; Karim, H.; Abdullah, W.; Mosavi, A. Crack Propagation Modeling of Strengthening of RC Deep Beams With CFRP Plates. Preprints 2021, 2021020471 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0471.v1). Shahbazpanahi, S.; Karim, H.; Abdullah, W.; Mosavi, A. Crack Propagation Modeling of Strengthening of RC Deep Beams With CFRP Plates. Preprints 2021, 2021020471 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0471.v1).

Abstract

Fracture analysis of reinforced concrete deep beam strengthened with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) plates was carried out. The present research aims to find out whether the crack propagation in a strengthened deep beam follows linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) theory or nonlinear fracture mechanics theory. To do so, a new energy release rate based on nonlinear fracture mechanics theory was formulated on the finite element method and the discrete cohesive zone model (DCZM) was developed in deep beams. To validate and compare with numerical models, three deep beams with rectangular cross-sections were tested. The code results based on nonlinear fracture mechanics models were compared with experimental results and ABAQUS results carried out based on LEFM. The predicted values of initial stiffness, yielding point and failure load, energy absorption, and compressive strain in the concrete obtained by the proposed model were very close to the experimental results. However, the ABAQUS software results have greater differences with the experimental results. For example, the predicted failure load for the shear-strengthened deep beam using the proposed model has only 6.3% differences compared to the experimental result. However, the predicted failure load using ABAQUS software based on LEFM has greater differences (25.1%) compared to the experimental result.

Keywords

CFRP; concrete; deep beam; propagation

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