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Behavior of polyester FRP tube encased recycled aggregate concrete with recycled clay brick aggregate

Size and slenderness ratio effects
: Huang, Liang; Chen, Liuxin; Yan, Libo; Kasal, Bohumil; Jiang, Yuxin; Liu, Changyi


Construction & building materials : CBM 154 (2017), S.123-136
ISSN: 0950-0618
Fraunhofer WKI ()
recycled aggregate concrete (RAC); recycled clay brick aggregate (RCBA); polyester fiber reinforced polymer (PFRP); confinement; compressive behavior; size effect; slenderness ratio effect

Compared with normal aggregate concrete, recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) containing recycled clay brick coarse aggregates (termed as RAC-RCBA) shows very lower compressive strength and larger variation in compressive strength, which hinder the application of RAC-RCBA as structural concrete. This study used polyester FRP (PFRP) as confining material of RAC-RCBA cylinders to improve the strength of RAC-RCBA. The axial compressive behavior of 42 PFRP tube encased RAC-RCBA cylinders (termed as PFRP confined RAC-RCBA) and 24 unconfined RAC-RCBA cylinders were investigated. Compared with conventional glass/carbon FRP (G/CFRP) materials, the main advantages to use PFRP are its much lower material cost and much larger tensile strain capacity. In this study, the experimental parameters considered were: (1) strength, (2) size, and (3) slenderness ratio of RAC-RCBA cylindrical specimens. Statistical analysis was also conducted to investigate the size effect and the slenderness ratio effect. The experimental results indicated that compared with conventional G/CFRP composites, the PFRP had a significantly lower tensile strength and modulus, but a much larger tensile strain at failure. The PFRP tube enhanced the ductility of the RAC-RCBA cylinders remarkably, while the enhancement on the compressive strength of RAC-RCBA by PFRP was not so pronounced as that by carbon/CFRP tubes. It was also found that the size and the slenderness ratio influenced the compressive strength of the RAC cylinders at the transitional point (fct) remarkably, and the fct decreased with the increase in size and slenderness ratio for middle, large and tall sized cylinders. In addition, a size-dependent model for fct was proposed and the predictions fitted well with the experimental results, the applicability of the proposed model for other weakly confined RAC-RCBA was also verified through the comparison with the experimental results of flax FRP tube confined RAC-RCBA.