Presented By: Ahmed Kallel, University of Sherbrooke

The durability of the bond between carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) and concrete surface under freeze-thaw (FT) cycles is a very significant issue in the application of external CFRP strengthening of reinforced concrete structures. This paper presents an experimental and analytical study on the bond behavior between CFRP and concrete under FT cycles. In this study, the samples were exposed to freeze-thaw cycles in accordance with ASTM C666 where the temperature range varies between -18 °C to +4 °C. Moreover, the bond properties between CFRP and concrete were experimentally evaluated through single lap shear tests and compared with the analytical prediction models proposed in the literature. The failure modes of the control samples as well as the samples exposed to freeze-thaw cycles were presented in this research. In addition, the load-slip behavior was discussed. A non-linear bond-slip relationship between the CFRP-concrete interface was presented at 0, 100, 200, and 300 of freeze-thaw cycles. The results show that the cohesive failure of concrete substrate was observed for the control samples. On the other hand, the mode of the interface failure was changed after exposure to freeze-thaw cycles. In addition, the bond strength of the CFRP-concrete interface increases with increasing freeze-thaw cycles.



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