To obtain the design parameters of bridge deck link slabs made of ecological high-ductility cementitious composite (Eco-HDCC) material reinforced with a basalt fiber-reinforced plastic (BFRP) by applying fracture mechanics concepts, the reinforcing effects of a BFRP bar on the fracture properties of BFRP bar-reinforced Eco-HDCC specimens were studied. First, cracking load, crack mouth opening displacement (CMOD), and deflection of specimens were monitored, and BFRP bar diameter and cover thickness were considered. The results indicate that both the diameter and cover thickness of BFRP bar have an obvious influence on the crack kinking angle. In addition, as the diameter of BFRP bar increases, the peak load, peak CMOD, peak deflection, and fracture energy of Eco-HDCC specimens increase, and these peak values of Eco-HDCC specimens after reloading also show the same trend. In addition, the peak load, peak CMOD, peak deflection, and fracture energy are larger if the Eco-HDCC specimen has a smaller cover thickness. However, the Eco-HDCC specimen with a BFRP bar cover thickness of 25 mm has a higher peak load after reloading than the specimen with a cover thickness of 15 mm when the bar diameters are 10 and 12 mm, respectively. In conclusion, BFRP bar diameters from 10 to 14 mm and a cover thickness of 25 mm are recommended when designing bridge deck link slabs.
Effects of BFRP bar diameter and cover thickness on fracture behavior of BFRP bar-reinforced ecological high-ductility cementitious composites / Chai, L. -J.; Guo, L. -P.; Chen, B.; Carpinteri, A.; Scorza, D.; Vantadori, S.. - In: JOURNAL OF TESTING AND EVALUATION. - ISSN 0090-3973. - 50:1(2021), p. 20200528. [10.1520/JTE20200528]
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