Failure Characterization of Structural FRP Bars

by Jacky C. Prucz, West Virginia Univ, Morgantown, United States,
Wei-Pin Wu, West Virginia Univ, Morgantown, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Mechanics Computing in 1990's and Beyond


A combined experimental and theoretical investigation on the structural behavior of fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) bars is presented. Test results indicate that the ultimate strength decreases with increase in the rod diameter. A new model is formulated that relates the strength of the specimens with their diameter. Predictions from the model show excellent correlation with the tension test results. FE analysis is employed to justify the assumptions made in the model.

Subject Headings: Structural failures | Structural behavior | Bars (structure) | Finite element method | Composite structures | Rods | Correlation | Tension members

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