Assessment of the Seismic Vulnerability of GFRP Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls
The applicability of reinforcing shear walls with FRP bars in resisting wind loads and small to medium magnitude earthquakes has was validated through several investigations. The most significant advantage of the FRP-RC is the considerable elastic deformation capacity and the self-centering ability of up to near failure. However, Current limitations of FRP design codes concerning the seismic resistance may lead to a highly conservative and uneconomical design due to the lack of sufficient studies.
Therefore, this project consists of developing analytical models for FRP-reinforced shear walls (validated with experimental data) which will be used to conduct seismic performance assessment to investigate the safety and accuracy of current design methods. The main objective is set to support North America’s codes with essential experimental and analytical data towards developing a clause for FRP-RC shear walls and to provide engineers with reliable design guidelines and confident in adopting such element in construction. This in return will benefit the industrial partner (Pultrall inc.) as a leading producer and supplier of FRP bars worldwide.