Unbonded FRP to Improve the In-Plane Performance of Masonry Panels

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Bonded fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthening has become a popular method for retrofitting masonry structures, but it is accompanied by onerous surface preparation and large quantities of polymeric adhesive. Both have health and safety implications, can be undesirable on a heritage structure, and the resulting adhesive joint is brittle. This paper reports on preliminary demonstration tests that investigate the use of unbonded FRP ‘bandages’ to increase the in-plane shear performance of masonry panels. It demonstrates that the elastic deformation of the FRP can be matched to the crack opening to increase the deformation capacity, ductility, and the load capacity of the masonry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructural Faults and Repair 2010
EditorsMike Forde
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventStructural Faults and Repair 2010 - Edingburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Jun 201017 Jun 2010


ConferenceStructural Faults and Repair 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Masonry
  • FRP
  • strengthening
  • unbonded
  • adhesive
  • ductility


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