Numerical parametric studies on the fire endurance of fibre-reinforced-polymer-confined concrete columns

L A Bisby, V K R Kodur, M F Green

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Confinement of reinforced concrete columns by circumferential fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) wraps is a promising application of FRP materials for structural strengthening and seismic upgrading of deteriorated or understrength members. However, if this technique is to be used in buildings, parking garages, and industrial structures, then the ability of FRP materials and FRP-wrapped columns to withstand the effects of fire must be demonstrated and evaluated. This paper presents the results of parametric studies conducted using a previously presented and partially validated numerical fire simulation model to investigate the effects of a number of parameters on the fire behaviour of FRP-wrapped reinforced concrete columns. It is demonstrated that appropriately designed and adequately protected FRP-wrapped reinforced concrete columns are capable of achieving fire endurances equivalent to conventionally reinforced concrete columns. Furthermore, this study also suggests that a holistic approach to the fire design of FRP-wrapped members is required, rather than an approach based on the specific performance of the FRP materials. Design recommendations for the fire-safe design of FRP-wrapped concrete columns are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1090-1100
Number of pages11
JournalCanadian journal of civil engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


  • reinforced concrete
  • rehabilitation
  • strengthening
  • fibre reinforced polymer
  • fire endurance
  • fire insulation
  • numerical modelling

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