FRCM systems for strengthening masonry structures

G. Amato, J. F. Chen, J. D'Anna, L. La Mendola, G. Minafò

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Composite materials have been widely used for strengthening weak masonry buildings. Particularly, wrapping with fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites has become a common method for strengthening masonry members primarily subjected to compressive static loads or seismic actions. More recently, in an effort to alleviate some drawbacks associated with the use of FRP materials, fibrereinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) composites have received a lot of interests for external strengthening of historical masonry structures. It is used as an alternative to FRP in situations where these composites have shown some disadvantages or their use is banned. This paper presents a literature review on the mechanical characterisations of FRCM composites for structural retrofitting. Recent experimental results of tensile and bond tests are discussed, highlighting the roles of the different parameters affecting the mechanical performance, e.g. type of fibre, clamping method. This review aims to form the base for a new experimental investigation on the compressive behaviour of FRCM and FRP wrapped masonry specimens.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Composites in Construction, ACIC 2017: Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction
EditorsMaurizio Guadagnini, Sue Keighley
Place of Publication4A Broom Business Park, Bridge Way, Chesterfi eld, S41 9QG
PublisherNetComposites Limited
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print) 978-1-77808-097-2
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2017
Event8th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction, ACIC 2017 - Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 05 Sep 201707 Sep 2017


Conference8th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction, ACIC 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Ceramics and Composites


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