Evaluation of new reactive FRP reinforcement assemblies for reinforced concrete transportation structures
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This thesis evaluates two new glass-fiber reinforced polymer concrete reinforcement systems which have been designed to serve as a non-corrosive alternative to steel reinforcement in reinforced concrete bridge girders. Due to the nature of the reinforcement geometry, these systems react in a way to introduce compressive confinement into the concrete in the inner regions of the system units. The introduction of this compressive confinement zone will increase particle interaction effects which results in increased shear and tensile force resistance contributed by the affected concrete. The system ...