Numerical investigations on post-fire bond behaviour of reinforcement in concrete
Keywords:Steel-to concrete bond
Reinforced concrete (RC) structures may be subjected to accidental fire loads during their service life. In such a case, it is essential to have appropriate methods for the estimation of post-fire performance. One of the vital aspects for the performance of RC structures is adequate steel-to-concrete bond. The bond behaviour under ambient conditions is very well established. However, an appropriate model for the assessment of the post-fire bond capacity is still lacking. In order to provide more insight into the bond performance after fire, a 3D FE numerical study using a thermo-mechanical model with temperature dependent microplane model for concrete is performed. The effects of concrete cover, confinement through stirrups, fire duration and exposure type on post-fire bond performance are investigated using beam-end specimen. The results show a strong degradation of post-fire bond capacity, which is primarily attributed to the irreversible damage of concrete cover resulting from heating and cooling.
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