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Concrete walls weakened by openings as compression members: A review
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9423-7436
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering. NORUT, Department of Infrastructure Structures and Materials.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8682-876X
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5154-7044
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
2015 (English)In: Engineering structures, ISSN 0141-0296, E-ISSN 1873-7323, Vol. 89, 172-190 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to review the advances that have been made in the design of monolithic and precast reinforced concrete walls, both with and without openings, subject to eccentrically applied axial loads. Using the results of previous experimental studies, a database was assembled to enable statistical assessment of the reliability of existing design models. Several design aspects are highlighted, including the size and position of openings, and the roles of boundary conditions and geometric characteristics. In addition, the performance of fiber-reinforced polymers in strengthening wall openings is discussed. Overall it is found that design codes provide more conservative results than alternative design models that have been proposed in recent studies. Research into the strengthening of walls with openings is still in its early stages, and further studies in this area are needed. The paper therefore concludes by highlighting some areas where new investigations could provide important insights into the structural behaviour of strengthened elements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 89, 172-190 p.
Keyword [en]
Concrete walls, Openings, Axial load, Eccentricity, Out-of-plane behaviour, FRP, Strengthening, Civil engineering and architecture - Building engineering
Keyword [sv]
Samhällsbyggnadsteknik och arkitektur - Byggnadsteknik
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Infrastructure Engineering
Research subject
Structural Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-10356DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2015.02.006Local ID: 928a2b3f-2a36-49a4-af0a-a30ce79fc9a7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-10356DiVA: diva2:983298
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Validerad; 2015; Nivå 2; 20150218 (cospop)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved
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1. CFRP Strengthening of Cut-Out Openings in Concrete Walls – Analysis and Laboratory Tests
Open this publication in new window or tab >>CFRP Strengthening of Cut-Out Openings in Concrete Walls – Analysis and Laboratory Tests
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Redesigning buildings to improve their space efficiency and allow changes in use is often essential during their service lives to comply with shifts in living standards and functional demands.This may require the introduction of new openings in elements such as beams, walls, and slabs,which inevitably reduces their structural performance and hence requires repair or strengthening.However, there are uncertainties regarding both the effects of openings and the best remedial optionsfor them. Traditionally, two methods have been used to strengthen reinforced concrete (RC) walls with openings, these being either to create a frame around the opening using RC/steel membersor to increase the cross-sectional thickness. Currently, intervention in existing buildings must be minimal in order to minimise inconvenience caused by limiting the use of the structure during repairs. One option is to use externally-bonded fibre-reinforced polymers (FRPs).

In this study, the author reports on an experimental investigation of the effectiveness of carbonFRP (CFRP)–based strengthening for restoring the axial capacity of a solid reinforced concretewall after cutting openings. Nine half-scale specimens, designed to represent typical wall panels in residential buildings with and without door-type openings, were tested to failure. The walls were tested in two-way action and subjected to axial loading with low eccentricity (defined as one sixth of the wall’s thickness) along the weak axis to represent imperfections due to thickness variation and misalignment of the panels during the construction process. An extensive instrumentation scheme was used to monitor the specimen’s behaviour during the loading cycles. In addition to classical approaches for measuring strains and displacements, optical 3D measurements were also acquired using the digital image correlation (DIC) technique. These provided better overviews of the failure mechanism by recording the crack pattern development and deformation of the walls throughout the loading history.

Reducing the cross-sectional area by cutting out openings i.e. 25% (hereafter referred to as small opening) and 50% (hereafter referred to as large opening) led to 36% and 50% reductions in peak loads, respectively. In both situations the failure was brittle due to crushing of concrete with spalling and reinforcement buckling. The CFRP strengthening increased the axial capacity of walls with small and large openings by 34 – 50% and 13 – 27%, respectively. This partially restored theircapacities to 85 – 95% and 57 – 63% of their precutting capacity (i.e. solid wall), respectively. A procedure based on a rigid-plastic approach for evaluating the ultimate load of walls with cut-out openings that have been strengthened with FRPs was also proposed in this study. Predictions made using the proposed method agree closely with experimental results.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2017. 159 p.
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
National Category
Building Technologies
Research subject
Structural Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-61515 (URN)978-91-7583-794-9 (ISBN)978-91-7583-795-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-02-23, F1031, Luleå, 10:00 (English)
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Examining Committee: Professor Karin Lundgren, Division of Structural Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Professor Henrik Stang, Section for Structural Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

Professor Mats Oldenburg, Division of Mechanics of Solid Materials, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden

Available from: 2017-01-20 Created: 2017-01-18 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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