Document Type : Article
Department of Civil Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Isfahan, Iran.
Department of Civil Engineering, Sama Technical and Vocatinal Training College, Islamic Azad University, Saveh Branch, Saveh, Iran
Shear behavior of reinforced concrete (RC) beams strengthened with fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) sheets is studied in this paper using modified compression field theory(MCFT). The beam is considered to be under the combined effects of shear force and bending moment. Equilibrium and compatibility equations, as well as stress-strain relationships are developed for an element in the strengthened beam. Due to the extensive computations, a computer program wasdeveloped to solve the governing equations. The accuracy of the presented method herewas verified by the experimental results of 84 strengthened RC beams reported in the literature. Comparison between the measured and predicted results shows that the method can predict the shear behavior of the beam throughout its entire range leading up to failure. The method can also incorporate the effect of debonding of the FRP sheets in the analysis. The results of a case study indicates that preventing thedebonding of theFRP sheets from the web of the beam adds significantly to the shear capacity, and in certain cases changes the failure mode from brittle to ductile.