MALJAEE, S.H. 1; GHIASSI, B. 2, LOURENÃ‡O, P.B. 3; OLIVEIRA, D.V. 4
1 PhD Student, ISISE, University of Minho, Department of Civil Engineering. E-mail: email@example.com
2 Postdoctoral researcher, ISISE, University of Minho, Department of Civil Engineering. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Professor, ISISE, University of Minho, Department of Civil Engineering. E-mail: email@example.com
4 Associate Professor, ISISE, University of Minho, Department of Civil Engineering. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nowadays, there is an increasing interest in using fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) for strengthening masonry elements. It has been observed that these materials, when used for externally bonded reinforcement (EBR), improve the performance of masonry components. However, issues such as durability and long-term performance of strengthened elements are still open. The bond between composite material and masonry substrate is a critical mechanism in EBR strengthening techniques, and therefore its durability and long-term performance should be deeply investigated and characterized. In the present study, the influence of water immersion on the bond performance is investigated by performing single-lap shear bond tests on two sets of GFRP-strengthened specimens immersed in water for six months. Different surface preparation techniques are used for each set of specimens to study their effect on the bond degradation. The specimens are prepared following the wet lay-up procedure. The observations and the obtained results are presented and discussed.
Keywords: FRP; Bond; Durability; Moisture; Masonry