Experimental Studies on Strength and Stiffness Enhancement in CFRP-Strengthened Structural Steel Channel Sections under Flexure

Selvaraj, S and Madhavan, Mahendrakumar and Dongre, S U (2016) Experimental Studies on Strength and Stiffness Enhancement in CFRP-Strengthened Structural Steel Channel Sections under Flexure. Journal of Composites for Construction, 20 (2). pp. 1943-5614. ISSN 1090-0268

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


An experimental study to investigate the stiffness and strength enhancement in a structural steel channel section strengthened by six different carbon fiber–reinforced polymer (CFRP) wrapping configurations is described in this paper. An approach of transforming the singly symmetric open section such as a channel section to a closed section by CFRP wrapping as a means to increase the stiffness and strength is demonstrated. A total of 21 specimens, both CFRP reinforced and bare steel specimens, were tested in four-point bending. Two different CFRPs, unidirectional and bidirectional fabrics, were used in wrapping the specimen. While the unidirectional layers contribute to the stiffness and strength, the bidirectional layer primarily contributes to confining the former in addition to increasing the resistance to lateral torsional buckling (LTB) of the specimens. The results indicate that the CFRP-strengthened closed sections confined by bidirectional fabrics are effective in enhancing the strength and stiffness compared to CFRP skin–strengthened sections (perimeter of bare steel channel sections overlayed with CFRP). The effectiveness of the closed section can be further improved by increasing the unidirectional CFRP layers prior to the final wrapping by bidirectional fibers. The variation in stiffness for all the CFRP configurations from the initial loading of specimens up to the ultimate is also investigated. This paper demonstrates that the strength and stiffness of steel channel sections can be significantly enhanced by means of appropriate CFRP wrapping configuration.

[error in script]
IITH Creators:
IITH CreatorsORCiD
Madhavan, MahendrakumarUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The second author would like to thank Uday B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad, for providing funding through a seed grant that made this research possible.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Experimental study, Carbon fiber–reinforced polymers (CFRPs), Structural steel channel section, Lateral torsional buckling (LTB), Flexure, Strengthening, Stiffness
Subjects: Civil Engineering > Standards
Civil Engineering > Structural engineering and underground construction
Civil Engineering > Soil Structure Interaction
Divisions: Department of Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 04:44
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 07:29
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/2290
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614.0000700
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1090-0268/
Related URLs:

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item
Statistics for RAIITH ePrint 2290 Statistics for this ePrint Item