Superelastic SMA-FRP composite reinforcement for concrete structures

Nicholas Wierschem, Bassem Andrawes

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For many years there has been interest in using fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs) as reinforcement in concrete structures. Unfortunately, due to their linear elastic behavior, FRP reinforcing bars are never considered for structural damping or dynamic applications. With the aim of improving the ductility and damping capability of concrete structures reinforced with FRP reinforcement, this paper studies the application of SMA-FRP, a relatively novel type of composite reinforced with superelastic shape memory alloy (SMA) wires. The cyclic tensile behavior of SMA-FRP composites are studied experimentally and analytically. Tests of SMA-FRP composite coupons are conducted to determine their constitutive behavior. The experimental results are used to develop and calibrate a uniaxial SMA-FRP analytical model. Parametric and case studies are performed to determine the efficacy of the SMA-FRP reinforcement in concrete structures and the key factors governing its behavior. The results show significant potential for SMA-FRP reinforcement to improve the ductility and damping of concrete structures while still maintaining its elastic characteristic, typical of FRP reinforcement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number025011
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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