Accelerated aging tests are being conducted on more than 20 types of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) reinforcing bars, which are produced from different combinations of constituent materials, manufacturing parameters, sizes and shapes, and surface coatings. The specimens are being subjected to various sustained tensile loading (22 to 68% of ultimate strength) in three types of alkaline environments: NaOH, simulated pore-water solution, and embedded in concrete. Time to rupture or residual strength, as applicable, have been determined. Additionally, stress corrosion mechanisms were evaluated by various microstructural analyses. The results showed clearly that alkaline ions and moisture could penetrate or diffuse through the resin (or through cracks and voids) to the interphases and the fibers. For GFRP bars embedded in moist concrete under various sustained stress levels, three types of stress corrosion mechanisms have been identified: stress dominated, crack propagation dominated, and diffusion dominated.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Composites for Construction|
|State||Published - Aug 2002|
- Fiber reinforced materials
- Glass fibers