SORIN DAN, CORNELIU BOB, CATALIN BADEA, DANIEL DAN, CONSTANTIN FLORESCU, LILIANA COTOARBA, VASILE PODE, AURELIAN GRUIN CARBON FIBER REINFORCED POLYMERS USED FOR STRENGTHENING OF EXISTING REINFORCED CONCRETE STRUCTURES The paper deals with some aspects regarding the behavior of modern and efficient solutions - for rehabilitation of reinforced concrete framed structures. The paper is devoted to experimental studies on carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) systems used as strengthening solution for reinforced concrete (RC) frames assumed as existing structures, which were tested as un-strengthened and as (CFRP) strengthened structures. Single span and single story frames (scale 1:2) were designed and detailed according to the Romanian design codes from 1970s under which seismic design was inadequate. The RC design and the magnitude of applied forces were ensuring the failure mechanism, of non-strengthened RC frames, by plastic hinges at columns ends. Then the columns were strengthened by using CFRP materials. The experimental program emphasized some important aspects regarding the behavior and failure by debonding of CFRP strengthening materials applied to RC frames. The analysis of experimental data and theoretical values showed up an increase of resistance and stiffness achieved by strengthening.
Keywords: carbon fiber reinforced polymer, existing reinforced concrete structures, strengthening, behavior and failure of carbon fiber reinforced polymer strengthening system