Modelling the bond slip behaviour of FRP externally bonded to timber

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WCTE 2016 - World Conference on Timber Engineering, 2016
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Recent studies and applications have demonstrated that Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) has become a mainstream technology for the strengthening and/ or rehabilitation of ageing and deteriorated structures. However, one of the main problems which limit the full utilisation of the FRP material strength is the premature failure due to debonding. This research study presents 1) a review of available FRP-to-timber and FRP-to-concrete bonded interface models, and 2) investigates factors affecting bond strength. A stepwise regression method has then been employed to evaluate the influence of potential factors on the bond strength. The proposed stepwise regression model is based on 195 experimental results of FRP-to-timber bonded interfaces. Results of this stepwise regression analysis are then assessed with results of pull-out tests and satisfactory comparisons are achieved between measured failure loads (R2=0.59) and the predicted loads (R2=0.71, P<0.0001).
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