International Journals (ISI)

A new strengthening technique for increasing the load carrying capacity of rectangular reinforced concrete columns subjected to axial compressive loading

In this work, a new technique for the efficient confinement of reinforced concrete (RC) columns of rectangular crosssection is described and its effectiveness is assessed experimentally. This technique is based on the concept of applying strips of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) wet layup sheets with a certain prestress level using a mechanical device. The influence of the cross-section aspect…

Shear strengthening of RC beams with thin panels of mortar reinforced with recycled steel fibres

The use of thin cement based panels reinforced with relatively high content of Recycled Steel Fibres (RSF) for the shear strengthening of Reinforced Concrete (RC) beams is investigated in the present work. The mechanical properties of this Recycled Steel Fibre Reinforced Mortar (RSFRM) are characterised. The panels are produced by using a mixing technique similar to the one used in…

Development of sandwich panels combining sisal fiber-cement composites and fiber-reinforced lightweight concrete

This research proposes the development of an innovative structural panels based on the use of thin outer layers of Sisal Fiber-Cement Composites (SiFCC) together with a core layer of Polypropylene Fiber-Reinforced Lightweight Concrete (PFRLC). The influence of sisal fibers was studied in two different ways, short sisal fibers (50 mm) randomly distributed in the matrix, and long unidirectional aligned sisal…

Viscoelastic response of an epoxy adhesive for construction since its early ages: experiments and modelling

Epoxy adhesives have been extensively used in strengthening of reinforced concrete structures. In spite of that, research on the viscoelastic behaviour of these adhesives and its influence on the mechanical behaviour of  strengthened concrete structures is scarce, particularly at the early ages of curing. The main goal of present work is to better understand the tensile creep behaviour of a specific…

Fibre reinforced mortar application for out-of-plane strengthening of schist walls

The aim of the present work is to assess the effectiveness of an innovative strengthening technique for the rehabilitation of masonry buildings deficiently prepared to resist to loading conditions typical of seismic events. This technique is based on the application of outer layers of fibre reinforced mortar (FRM) by spray technology and it is used for increasing the load carrying…

Development of innovative hybrid sandwich panel: Experimental results

In this paper, a new generation of composite sandwich slab is proposed as a solution for the rehabilitation of slabs in old masonry buildings. An innovative solution was developed during this research formed by four components: a Deflection Hardening Cement Composite (DHCC) layer on the top compression skin, a Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) skin at the bottom tension surface,…

Durability of steel fiber reinforced self-compacting concrete

Durability is one of the most important aspects of concrete due to its fundamental incidence on the serviceability working conditions of concrete structures. Research on the durability of steel fiber reinforced self-compacting concrete (SFRSCC) is still scarce, particularly in the aspects of corrosion resistance, which did not yet demonstrate clearly whether the corrosion of steel fibers may or may not…

Recycled steel fibre reinforced concrete failing in bending and in shear

Recent research is showing that the addition of Recycled Steel Fibres (RSF) from wasted tyres can decrease significantly the brittle behaviour of cement based materials, by improving its toughness and post-cracking resistance. In this sense, Recycled Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete (RSFRC) seems to have the potential to constitute a sustainable material for structural and non-structural 6 applications. To assess this potential,…

Static, dynamic and creep behaviour of a full-scale GFRP-SFRSCC hybrid footbridge

A three-year research project (Pontalumis) was carried out for the development of an innovative simply supported hybrid footbridge, with 11 m of length and 2 m of width. The footbridge is composed of two pultruded I-shaped glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) girders (400×200(×15) mm2) bonded and bolted to a 37.5 mm thick deck in steel fibre reinforced self-compacting concrete (SFRSCC).…

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