Structural retrofitting with composite materials proved to be an effective technique for rehabilitation of degraded or damaged masonry and concrete buildings. Nowadays, Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) composites are widely used as externally bonded strengthening systems thanks to their high performance, low weight and easiness of installation. Several experimental tests and numerical studies are currently available concerning the tensile and bond behavior of FRCM systems, but a debated and still open issue concerns the methods for the mechanical characterization of the mortar used as matrix within the strengthening system. The present paper analyses and compares different test methods for determining the matrix tensile strength. Pure tensile and flexural tests have been carried out on different mortar matrix samples. In order to evaluate which is the most suitable value to be considered for a correct interpretation and modeling of the composite system, the experimental results obtained through flexural tests on standard mortar specimens have been compared with the outcomes obtained from direct tensile tests on FRCM coupons. The present study represents only a first step for the definition of the most appropriate test method for the mechanical characterization of the matrix used within FRCM strengthening systems.

An alternative approach for frcm matrix tensile strength evaluation

Bellini A.
;
Bovo M.
;
Incerti A.
;
Mazzotti C.
2019

Abstract

Structural retrofitting with composite materials proved to be an effective technique for rehabilitation of degraded or damaged masonry and concrete buildings. Nowadays, Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) composites are widely used as externally bonded strengthening systems thanks to their high performance, low weight and easiness of installation. Several experimental tests and numerical studies are currently available concerning the tensile and bond behavior of FRCM systems, but a debated and still open issue concerns the methods for the mechanical characterization of the mortar used as matrix within the strengthening system. The present paper analyses and compares different test methods for determining the matrix tensile strength. Pure tensile and flexural tests have been carried out on different mortar matrix samples. In order to evaluate which is the most suitable value to be considered for a correct interpretation and modeling of the composite system, the experimental results obtained through flexural tests on standard mortar specimens have been compared with the outcomes obtained from direct tensile tests on FRCM coupons. The present study represents only a first step for the definition of the most appropriate test method for the mechanical characterization of the matrix used within FRCM strengthening systems.
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Bellini A.; Bovo M.; Incerti A.; Mazzotti C.
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