FRP Composite materials have been proven to be an effective way to traditional steel plate strengthening techniques for concrete structures from results of a variety of researchers over the past two decades; this paper shows the use of this material for same strengthening purpose in timber structures.
The experimental program consisted in testing glulam flexural elements as follows: laminates are glued with two different Adhesives and two different lengths, both in natural form and reinforced by BFRP. All specimens were tested under three point bending at a predetermined loading increment rate, the lateral deflection were recorded regularly. The data processing consisted of bonding processes, load, deflection and moment curvature plots construction which were used for analysis and observations.
The results revealed that there was a marked increase in the load bearing capacity of the timber flexural element, due to BFRP strengthening and there was also an increased rigidity in the member characteristics.
Zhang Pengyi, M.A. Major: Wood Science and Technology. Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China;
Shen Shijie, Professor, Major: Wood Science and Technology, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China;
Ma Chunmei, M.A. Major: Wood Science and Technology. Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China.