Fatigue and durability of laminated carbon fibre reinforced polymer straps for bridge suspenders
Terrasi, Giovanni P.
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Steel cables and suspenders in bridges are at high risk of corrosion-fatigue and in some cases of fretting-fatigue in their anchorages. These factors greatly limit the service stresses of a specific cable system and involve expensive protection measures. In order to investigate the above limitations, the fretting fatigue behaviour of pin-loaded carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) straps was studied as models for corrosion-resistant bridge suspenders. Two types of straps were tested: small model straps with a sacrificial CFRP ply and large full-scale straps. In a first phase, five fully laminated and carbon pin-loaded CFRP model straps were subjected to an ultimate tensile strength test. Thereafter, and in order to assess their durability, 20 model straps were subjected to a fretting fatigue test, which was successfully passed by 4 straps. An S-N curve was generated for a load ratio of 0.1 and a frequency of 10 Hz. In a second phase, one full-scale strap was tested for its ultimate tensile strength and two full-scale straps were fatigue-tested. The influence of fretting fatigue loading on the residual mechanical properties of the straps was also assessed, and although fretting fatigue represented an important limitation for laminated CFRP straps, it could be shown that the investigated CFRP tension members can compete with the well-established steel suspenders. Show more
Journal / seriesPolymers
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Subjectcarbon ﬁbre reinforced polymer; CFRP; fatigue; tensile elements; bridge suspenders
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