Fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) are composite materials more and more used for the reinforcement of masonry structures. The combination of high tensile strength fabrics (or meshes) with cementitious matrices, having good thixotropic capabilities and vapour permeability, makes such composites suitable for reinforcing a large number of masonry structures, including the one belonging to the historic heritage. FRCMs are bonded to the outer surfaces of structural masonry elements and, thanks to their adhesive capacity, bear much of the tensile stresses that unreinforced masonry cannot withstand. The effectiveness of such reinforcements, which is highly dependent on their ability to adhere to the masonry substrate, is generally investigated throughout specific experimental investigations (shear tests). Almost all the papers in the literature devoted to bond-slip analysis refer to the case of flat bonding surfaces, although these reinforcements are also widely used on curved structural elements such as arches and vaults. Therefore, this paper reports and examines the results of an extensive experimental program concerning the behavior of FRCM systems applied on curved masonry specimens. The results point out the influence of both curvature and reinforcement position (intrados or extrados) on the response of specimens in terms of bearing capacity, failure mode and post-peak response.

FRCM-to-masonry bonding behaviour in the case of curved surfaces: Experimental investigation

Grande E.;
2023-01-01

Abstract

Fabric-reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) are composite materials more and more used for the reinforcement of masonry structures. The combination of high tensile strength fabrics (or meshes) with cementitious matrices, having good thixotropic capabilities and vapour permeability, makes such composites suitable for reinforcing a large number of masonry structures, including the one belonging to the historic heritage. FRCMs are bonded to the outer surfaces of structural masonry elements and, thanks to their adhesive capacity, bear much of the tensile stresses that unreinforced masonry cannot withstand. The effectiveness of such reinforcements, which is highly dependent on their ability to adhere to the masonry substrate, is generally investigated throughout specific experimental investigations (shear tests). Almost all the papers in the literature devoted to bond-slip analysis refer to the case of flat bonding surfaces, although these reinforcements are also widely used on curved structural elements such as arches and vaults. Therefore, this paper reports and examines the results of an extensive experimental program concerning the behavior of FRCM systems applied on curved masonry specimens. The results point out the influence of both curvature and reinforcement position (intrados or extrados) on the response of specimens in terms of bearing capacity, failure mode and post-peak response.
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