Durability performance and long-term prediction models of sand-coated basalt FRP bars
Basalt-fiber-reinforced polymer (BFRP) bars are expected to provide benefits that are comparable or superior to other types of FRP while being significantly cost-effective. However, extensive investigations are needed to evaluate the long-term characteristics and durability performance of these bars. This article presents an experimental study that investigated the physical, mechanical, microstructural, and durability characteristics of newly developed basalt-fiber-reinforced polymer (BFRP) bars. The physical, mechanical properties and microstructural characteristics were evaluated first on the unconditioned BFRP bars. The durability performance of the BFRP bars was then assessed by conducting the mechanical tests, such as transverse-shear test, flexural test, and interlaminar-shear test, on the specimens after different exposure periods (1000; 3000; and 5000 h) at 60 °C. Thereafter, the BFRP bar properties were assessed and compared with the values obtained on the unconditioned specimens. The test parameter was conditioning time (1000; 3000; and 5000 h). The test results revealed that the unconditioned BFRP bars had the best physical properties. On the other hand, the long-term durability performance revealed that the transverse shear-strength, flexural-strength, and interlaminar shear-strength retention were decreased by 12%, 19%, and 21%, respectively.
Composites Part B: Engineering
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Ali, Ahmed H.; Mohamed, Hamdy M.; Benmokrane, Brahim; ElSafty, Adel; and Chaallal, Omar, "Durability performance and long-term prediction models of sand-coated basalt FRP bars" (2019). UNF Faculty Publications. 972.