Maximum usable strain of FRP-confined concrete cylinders
This study investigates the maximum usable strain and the progressive failure of FRP-confined concrete. Ten FRP-confined concrete specimens were divided into two groups with different jacket stiffness. One specimen in each group was tested until failure while the others were loaded to target strains and then unloaded in order to monitor the residual strength of the concrete cores. At 1% axial strain of FRP-confined concrete, the residual strength of the concrete cores were reduced more than 56% compared to the reference specimens. Experimental results have shown that the maximum usable strain of 1% is un-conservative for FRP-confined concrete. The residual strength of the column cores is equal to the ordinate of the intersection between the unload curve and the unconfined concrete curve. The maximum usable strain of FRP-confined concrete is not a constant. It depends on the unconfined concrete strength and the jacket stiffness.