Behavior of Glulam Beams Strengthened in bending with BFRP Fabrics
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Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Kielce University of Technology
Online publication date: 2021-06-28
Publication date: 2021-06-01
Civil and Environmental Engineering Reports 2021;31(2):1-14
The article presents results of an experimental studies on reinforcement of pine beams made from glued laminated timber with subsurface basalt fibers (BFRP). An experimental research program was presented, in which the bending strength of glued laminated timber of middle and lower quality class was increased after using BFRP basalt fabrics. Thanks to the use of BFRP reinforcement, an average load capacity increased by 47% and stiffness by 6% in comparison to non-reinforced elements. Based on the research, it was found that the use of BFRP basalt fabrics is an effective method for strengthening damaged wooden elements. Thus, it is an environmentally friendly method of improving the static work of structural elements by combining wood with other natural materials such as basalt fiber reinforced polymers.
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