Document Type : Research Article


Civil Engineering Department, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400076, India


This work is a vital step in enhancing the potential use of a newly developed organic basalt fibre reinforced polymer (BFRP) bars for prestressed concrete applications. In the present study, a test setup has been designed using finite element analysis (FEA) and the various steps of prestressing such as initial prestress, effective prestress and the time dependent effects have been appropriately simulated in the finite element (FE) model. The configuration details of the test setup, such as the size and orientation of the sections and the location of the stiffener plates have been thoroughly investigated. A robust design of the setup has been established based on the FEA results. Subsequently, the FE model has been utilized to predict the transfer stage parameters for concrete beams prestressed using BFRP bars.The transfer length has been predicted from the FEA results to be 24db and 26db (where, db is the diameter of bar) when measured using the BFRP bar strains and the concrete strains, respectively. An end slip of 0.3mm has been obtained after the prestressing of concrete beams. The designed test setup will be later fabricated and utilized to perform experiments under laboratory-controlled conditions.

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Finite Element Analysis and Design of Test Setup for Determination of Transfer Length in BFRP Prestressed Concrete Beams


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