Axial and Flexural Strength of Square RC Columns with No-rounded Corners Wrapped with CFRP under Eccentric Loading
This paper presents the results of a study on the axial and flexural strength of reinforced concrete (RC) columns with no-rounded corners wrapped with Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) under eccentric loading based on an experimental program. The main parameters under investigation are the number of layers of CFRP wrap. Thirty-six concrete cylinders with a standard size of (150×300) mm were cast and tested in this study to get the modulus of elasticity and compressive strength of concrete. Of these 36 concrete cylinders were divided into four groups, unwrapped, wrapped with one layer of CFRP, wrapped with two layers of CFRP, and wrapped with three layers of CFRP. Twelve rectangular reinforced concrete columns were also cast and tested in this study. The column specimens had dimensions (75×75×750) mm with no-rounded corners of the column section. The column specimens were also divided into four groups, unwrapped, wrapped with one layer of CFRP, wrapped with two layers of CFRP, and wrapped with three layers of CFRP. The experiment results show that the load-carrying capacity of the wrapped column increased by the increasing number of CFRP layers. Comparing the experimental results with the compressive strength concrete and the maximum load-carrying capacity of wrapped RC Column predicted by the theories proposed by several researchers with the concern of no-rounded corners were also presented.
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