Local FRP Reinforcement of Existing Timber Beams

Corradi, Marco, Mouli Vemury, Chandra, Edmondson, Vikki, Poologanathan, Keerthan and Nagaratnam, Brabha (2021) Local FRP Reinforcement of Existing Timber Beams. Composite Structures, 258. p. 113363. ISSN 0263-8223

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2020.113363


Timber beams in historic buildings tend to display signs of mechanical degradation in the form of large bending deformations and reduced capacity, often caused by timber defects. This paper addresses the assessment of the bending resistance of small timber beams subjected to static loads, before and after they have been reinforced using Fibre Reinforced Polymer sheets (FRP). The retrofitting of timber elements using FRP is not a new technique and several experimental research programmes have demonstrated that it is possible to increase the bending capacity of wood beams using FRPs. It is well understood that premature bending failure in timber beams and large bending deformations under loading are often caused by defects (e.g. splay or dead knots, shakes, etc.). This paper presents an experimental work where FRP sheets have been locally applied in the area where defects were noted. The structural response of locally reinforced timber elements when subjected to flexural loading was studied using a series of experiments. The results from the bending tests demonstrate that it is possible to partially restore the bending capacity of defective timber beams with the application of the reinforcement method proposed in this paper.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: timber beams, polymeric resinsFRP resins, FRP sheet, reinforcement
Subjects: F200 Materials Science
H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 14:12
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2021 03:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44857

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