About this episode
As they age, steel and concrete structures often need to be retrofitted. One such way of strengthening is with Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer – or ‘CFRP’ – laminates. For certain applications, however, this can be a difficult and time-consuming process, and the resulting laminates are prone to debonding. In his research, Dr Abheetha Peiris at the University of Kentucky developed a new type of strengthening in the form of CFRP strip and rod panels. The panels can slot together seamlessly – making them less prone to failure, and far easier to assemble. Through a series of experiments and field applications, he revealed how the new method can be applied for retrofitting both steel and concrete structures. More
Original Article Reference
This Audio is a summary of the papers ‘Steel beam strengthening with UHM CFRP strip panels,’ in Engineering Structures, doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2020.111395, and ‘Experimental study on RC beams strengthened with CFRP rod panels,’ in Engineering Structures, doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.06.105
For further information, you can connect with Dr Abheetha Peiris at [email protected]
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