CE 529 FRP Strengthening and Repair of Concrete Structures

This course emphasizes the fundamental behavior of FRP strengthened/repaired reinforced concrete structures contributing towards sustainable and resilient civil infrastructure by extending the useful life of existing structures using advanced materials. As appropriate, reference is made to ACI440.2R-08: Guide for the Design and Construction of Externally Bonded FRP Systems for Strengthening Concrete Structures. The course material is applied to a practical strengthening design of a realistic reinforced concrete structure. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

Undergraduate reinforced concrete design (eg CE327 or similar) and structural analysis (eg CE325 or similar).

• Course Objectives

Students will be able to analyze, design and/or assess rational strengthening or repair solutions for existing reinforced concrete structures using FRP materials based on sound fundamental principles. In addition, students will be able to effectively communicate strengthening analysis/design of a realistic reinforced concrete structure in a written report.

• Course Topics

Topics will be selected from:

Overview of FRP material: basic material properties; manufacture of FRP products; durability considerations.

Flexural strengthening/repair of beams/slabs: fundamental interface bond-slip behavior; sectional analysis; debonding due to flexure and shear in RC beams/slabs; plate-end debonding; detailing considerations; retrofitting for serviceability; ductility.

Shear strengthening of beams: transverse FRP; debonding mechanism; interaction with internal steel stirrups.

Confinement of columns: FRP confined circular reinforced concrete columns.

Miscellaneous topics: introduction to strengthening masonry walls; costing/life-cycle assessment.

• Textbook

No text book is required.

ACI440.2R-08 Guide for the Design and Construction of Externally Bonded FRP Systems for Strengthening Concrete Structures (Available for purchase from ACI via the instructor at a significantly discounted student price.)

Class notes and other reference materials will be distributed as required.

• Course Requirements

Homework: 25% (approximately one assignment every two weeks)

Mid-term test: 15% (open notes)

Design Project: 25% (due end of semester)

Final Exam: 35% (open notes)

• Computer and Internet Requirements

NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum specifications for computers. For details, click here.

• Instructor

Dr. Rudolf Seracino, Professor
Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Associate Head
203A Mann Hall
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695-7533

Phone: 919-515-7695
Fax: 919-513-1765
Email: rudi_seracino@ncsu.edu
Web: https://www.ccee.ncsu.edu/people/rseraci