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Static and Fatigue Performance of Repaired Reinforced Concrete Beams


H. P. Sooriyaarachchi

University of Ruhuna, LK
About H. P.

Senior Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Eng.(Dr.), C. Eng., MIE(Sri Lanka), B.Sc. Eng. (Moratuwa), M.Eng. (Tokyo), PhD. (Sheffield)

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Deteriorated concrete structures due to corrosion cracks and with fallen concrete cover are often repaired by removing the cracked concrete around the corroded reinforcement and replacing it with new concrete or with special repair mortar. This process is often referred to as “Mechanical Repair” and is widely used for repairing deteriorated reinforced concrete members. Mechanical repair leads to the formation of an ‘interface’ between the ‘parent concrete’ and repaired material. The structural behaviour of the repaired members is critically depended on the performance of the interface. This paper reports the results of static and fatigue tests performed on a total of 21 beams, cast in two stages to resemble the mechanical repair. Location and dimensions of the repair and the repair material are taken as variables in the study. Results of the static tests on repaired beams reveal that static performance can be restored by the mechanical repair. Compressive face repair can even improve the performance depending on the properties of repair material and the performance of the bond. However, the fatigue performance of the repaired members is found very different to their static performance. All most all repaired beams either the repair of the compression face or of the tension face failed at substantially lower number of cycles compared to the control beam. Among the repaired beam, tension face repaired beams showed the most significant reduction in the fatigue performance.
How to Cite: Sooriyaarachchi, H.P., 2012. Static and Fatigue Performance of Repaired Reinforced Concrete Beams. Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 45(4), pp.1–12. DOI:
Published on 24 Oct 2012.
Peer Reviewed


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