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Volume 3, Number 2, 01 Dec 2011

Paper Type: Original Research Paper


Nonlinear Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Columns with Fiber Reinforced Polymer Bars


In this paper, the results of an analytical investigation on the behavior of RC columns reinforced with fiber reinforced polymer bars FRP are presented and discussed. Nonlinear finite element analysis on 10-column specimens was achieved by using ANSYS software. The nonlinear finite element analysis program ANSYS is utilised owing to its capabilities to predict either the response of reinforced concrete columns in the post-elastic range or the ultimate strength of a reinforced concrete columns reinforced by FRP bars. An extensive set of parameters is investigated including different main reinforcement ratios, main reinforcement types (GFRP, Steel), the transverse reinforcement ratios, and the characteristic compressive strength of concrete.
A comparison between the experimental results and those predicted by the existing models are presented. Results and conclusions may be useful for designers, have been raised, and represented.

Authors: Ehab M. Lotfy

Keywords: inelastic finite element analysis, reinforced concrete columns, fiber polymer bars, ANSYS, compressive behavior


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