Basalt is an emerging material, whose use is increasing in constructions and civil applications as an alter-native to glass, carbon or aramidic fibers.
Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymer (BFRP) rods and Basalt Fiber (BF) ropes are going to be used as an alternative to glass, carbon or aramidic fibers for strengthening pur-poses but few information about their mechanical performances is present in literature and standard test protocols are missing. Thus, this work tries to provide a test protocol for tensile characterization of BF ropes and a validation of the test protocol used for tensile characterization of not-basalt-FRP rods applied on BFRP rods.
This is a very important issue from an engineering standpoint in order to evaluate their applicability for architectural heritage retrofitting, as, for example, in repointing (rods), or in innovative techniques, such as the one actually still being tested in our laboratories, that is aimed to strengthen his-toric masonry (ropes). Experimental test results obtained are shown. Results seem to confirm that BFRP rods and BF ropes could be a good alternative to other similar products.
Enrico Quagliarinia, Francesco Monnia, Stefano Lencia
Department of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Polytechnic University of Marche,Ancona, Italy;
Department of Materials and Environmental Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.