Analysis and design of FRP reinforced concrete columns

Ching Chiaw Choo, Issam Harik

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Analytical investigations of rectangular concrete compression members reinforced with fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcing bars were carried out based on the ACI ultimate strength approach. The strength interaction (P-M) relations of reinforced concrete columns with FRP bars were examined and compared to columns with steel bars. The results identified the possibility of premature-compression and brittle-tension failures which were related to the compression and tension ruptures of FRP bars. Brittle-tension failure, when compared with premature-compression failure, was more likely to occur due to low ultimate tensile strain of FRP bars. The study also concluded that the ACI minimum reinforcement ratio limit for steel reinforced concrete columns was not adequate for use in FRP reinforced concrete columns. In this study, design aids have been developed for FRP rectangular concrete columns to determine the minimum required reinforcement ratio (ρf,min) for averting the brittle-tension failure to a failure controlled by concrete crushing; a failure concept used for steel reinforced concrete columns. The proposed approach using ρf,min enabled the analysis and design of concrete columns reinforced with FRP bars to be carried out in a manner similar to columns reinforced with steel bars based on the ACI 318-05 provisions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComposites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2006
EditorsAmir Mirmiran, Antonio Nanni
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)0615135862, 9780615135861
StatePublished - 2020
Event3rd International Conference on Composites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2006 - Miami, United States
Duration: Dec 13 2006Dec 15 2006

Publication series

NameComposites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2006


Conference3rd International Conference on Composites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of UTCA under the director Dr. Danial S. Turner.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2006 Composites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2006. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Analysis
  • Columns
  • Design
  • FRP
  • Failure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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