American Society of Civil Engineers

Analytical Model for CFRP-Strengthened Prestressed Concrete Girders Subject to Cyclic Loading

by Ronaldson J. de F. M. Carneiro, (corresponding author), (Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Federal Univ. of Para, Belém/PA, Brazil, CEP 66000-000. E-mail: and Guilherme S. S. de A. Melo, (Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Univ. of Brasilia, Brasília/DF, Brazil, CEP 70910-900. E-mail:

Journal of Composites for Construction, Vol. 15, No. 5, September/October 2011, pp. 871-874, (doi:

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Document type: Technical Note
Abstract: An analytical model is presented to simulate the behavior of prestressed concrete girders strengthened with various carbon fiber-reinforced polymer systems and subjected to static and cyclic loading. The initial concrete strains owing to prestressing and girder self weight load at the moment of the application of the strengthening system and the concrete cyclic creep as a result of the cyclic loading are considered in the model. Experimental results are used to validate the analytical model. Additionally, deflection and concrete strain increases on account of the cyclic loading are compared to the values provided by Comité Euro-International du Béton and Fédération Internationale de la Précontrainte (CEB-FIP) and Assoçião Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (NBR) 6118 codes. Deflection and concrete strain obtained from the analytical model were above those observed in the tested girders, especially after 100,000 cycles, owing to the logarithmic function used to express the fatigue behavior of concrete. In general, deflection provided by CEB-FIP was above experimental and analytical deflection, but otherwise concrete strain values provided by NBR 6118 were close to experimental results.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Fiber reinforced polymer
Cyclic loads
Prestressed concrete

Author Keywords:
Carbon fiber-reinforced polymer
Cyclic loading
Prestressed concrete
Cyclic creep