Investigating the seismic behavior of RC shear walls with openings strengthened with FRP sheets using different schemes

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Department of Civil Engineering, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran.

Abstract

This paper investigates the seismic behavior of RC shear walls strengthened by Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites. In this research, the e ects of strengthening shear walls with di fferent strengthening schemes and also strengthening walls with openings in di fferent dimensions and locations are studied. The development of nonlinear nite element methods has improved the accuracy of seismic analysis of complex structures. In this study, the ABAQUS software is used to investigate the nal resisting parameters,
ductility, and behavior factor in these walls using nonlinear static analysis. The ndings prove that the applied strengthening schemes increase the nal strength of the wall. Also, the increasing ductility, behavior factor, and increased overstrength factor in some of these walls compared with original walls are observed. The ndings also prove that special openings with limited dimensions to improve seismic behavior of the wall are e ective, and the only limitation of using these openings is decreasing the nal strength which can be made up by using a proper strengthening scheme of FRP.

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