Fiberglas Reinforced Plastic Rebars in Lieu of Steel Rebars

by J. Larralde, Drexel Univ, United States,
L. Renbaum, Drexel Univ, United States,
A. Morsi, Drexel Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Materials


Fiberglass reinforced plastics have recently been introduced in the market in the form of rebars for concrete reinforcement. The light weight, corrosion resistance and non-magnetic properties of these rebars make them a better alternative than steel in some applications of reinforced concrete. However, the mechanical behavior of this material as reinforcing in concrete is not well known. The contributions of the reinforced plastics rebars to the flexural and shear capacities of concrete need to be defined. In this paper, the results of laboratory tests conducted on concrete beams reinforced with fiber reinforced plastic rebars, alone and in combination with steel rebars are presented. Discussion of the results and conclusions are presented at the end.

Subject Headings: Reinforcing steel | Fiber reinforced concrete | Fiber reinforced polymer | Synthetic materials | Plastics | Reinforced concrete | Steel fibers | Concrete beams

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