Strengthening of Steel Structures with High Modulus Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CRRP) Materials: Bond and Development Length Study

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Title: Strengthening of Steel Structures with High Modulus Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CRRP) Materials: Bond and Development Length Study
Author: Stanford, Kirk Alan
Advisors: Dr. Sami Rizkalla, Committee Chair
Dr. James Nau, Committee Member
Dr. Emmett Sumner, Committee Member
Abstract: Cost-effective solutions for the rehabilitation and strengthening of steel structures, such as steel bridges and steel monopole towers used for cellular phone antennas, are greatly needed by government transportation departments and industry. Rehabilitation is often required due to loss of cross-section from corrosion and/or changes of the demand or use of a structure. Current techniques for strengthening steel structures have several drawbacks including requiring heavy equipment for installation, their fatigue performance, in addition to the need for ongoing maintenance due to continued corrosion attack. The current research program proposed the use of a new high modulus carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) for strengthening of steel structures. This program includes extensive research to select the resin for wet lay-up of carbon fiber sheets and the adhesives for bonding of pre-cured laminate strips. The bond behavior of FRP materials to steel structures is quite different from that of concrete structures. Preliminary test results showed the occurrence of very high bond stresses for most strengthening applications due to the amount of strengthening required for developing the material for steel structures and bridges.
Date: 2009-04-28
Degree: MS
Discipline: Civil Engineering
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/1759


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