Out-of-Plane Strengthening of Unreinforced Masonry Walls by Glass Fiber-Reinforced Polyurea

Hye-Sook Jang, Jae-Hyoung An, Jun-Hyeok Song, Seung-Hwan Son, Yu-Sik Hong, Hee-Chang Eun


Fiber-reinforced polymer reinforcement or polyurea reinforcement techniques are applied to strengthen unreinforced masonry walls (UMWs). The purpose of this experimental study is to verify the out-of-plane reinforcing effect of sprayed glass fiber-reinforced polyurea (GFRPU), which is a composite elastomer made of polyurea and milled glass fibers on UMW. The out-of-plane strengths and ductile behaviors based on various coating shapes are compared in this study. An empirical formula to describe the degree of reinforcement on the out-of-plane strength of the UMW is derived based on the experimental results. It is observed that the peak load-carrying capacity, ductility, and energy absorption capacity gradually improve with an increase in the strengthening degree or area. Compared with the existing masonry wall reinforcement method, the GFRPU technique is a construction method that can help improve the safety performance along with ease of construction and economic efficiency.


Doi: 10.28991/CEJ-2022-08-01-011

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Glass Fiber-Reinforced Poloyurea; Out-of-Plane Reinforcement; Strengthening; Ductility; Energy Absorption Capacity; Unreinforced Masonry Wall.


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