American Society of Civil Engineers

R.C. Beams Upgraded with Externally Bonded Plates

by Mahmoud A. H. Hassanen, (MSc, Research Associate, Civil and Building Engineering Department, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU, UK) and Mohammed Raoof, (Civil and Building Engineering Department, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK)
Section: "Topics in Timber, Composites & Concrete", pp. 1-8, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Advanced Technology in Structural Engineering
Abstract: The paper reports the salient features of a simple theoretical model (with its predictions backed by mainly large scale test data) which provides an insight into the mechanism of premature plate peeling failure in reinforced concrete beams strengthened in flexure by externally bonded steel or FRP plates glued to their tensile side, and provides a simple means of predicting such largely brittle failures.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Brittle failures
Fiber reinforced plastics
Flexural strength
Reinforced concrete