A review of FRP- strengthened RC beam-column connections

Document Type

Conference publication

Publication details

Smith, ST & Shrestha, R 2006, 'A review of FRP- strengthened RC beam-column connections' in A Mirmiran & A Nanni (eds), Proceedings of the Third International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2006), Miami, Florida, USA 13-15 December, CICE, pp. 661-664. ISBN: 0615135862.


Considerable research has been conducted over the last decade or so on the strengthening or repair of existing reinforced concrete (RC) structural elements such as beams, columns and slabs with externally bonded fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. Very little research, by comparison, has been conducted on the strengthening of RC beam­column connections with FRP, with the majority scattered in various journals and conference proceedings. Fewer analytical studies have been undertaken and design recommendations proposed. This paper provides a concise but systematic review of experimental research on the strengthening of RC connections with FRP in addition to an evaluation of the effectiveness of the strengthening schemes.