Dynamic performance of concrete columns retrofitted with FRP using segment pressure technique.

For RC columns exposed to blast loads, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) is employed to examine its effectiveness in strengthening the concrete structure against blast load. It should be noted that no systematic studies could be found in the literature to derive pressure and impulse (P-I) diagram for FRP retrofitted RC columns. Therefore, the objective of this research is to develop finite element model to provide data for use in the development of P-I diagram that can be used to mitigate blast hazards and predict damage in RC columns retrofitted with FRP. In this study, various strengthening scheme performed against blast loads numerically by running computer simulations using the commercial software LS-DYNA. Validation of the models is performed based on the blast field test to investigate the accuracy of model simulations to present the behavior of the models. The research compared the structural behavior of an un-strengthened RC column with various column strengthened with different FRP wrap thickness, strength and arrangement. The results of the simulations showed that strengthening with FRP is an effective way to increase the blast resistance capacity of columns. This information would allow the designer to identify the critical location for placing blast barriers for protection purpose.

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