Damage Assessment of Adhesively Bonded FRP Beams Using Modal Parameters


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This paper describes a dynamic test carried out on intact and damaged FRP composite beams with fixed-fixed boundary condition. Hammer excitation is used to excite the beam at fixed locations. The modal parameters are extracted from the time response using a time domain analysis, i.e. the stochastic subspace identification technique. In order to introduce damage, two sections of the beam are bonded together using an epoxy adhesive, and then a static test is carried out. For the static test, a 3-point bending -configuration is used, i.e. the beam is fixed at both ends and a static load is gradually applied in the middle of the beam using a screw jack. Different static load steps, and in turn different damage stages, are considered. After each load step, dynamic measurements are carried out. The results obtained from both tests are presented and analysed.



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L. Garibaldi, C. Surace, K. Holford and W.M. Ostachowicz




A.M. Ali et al., "Damage Assessment of Adhesively Bonded FRP Beams Using Modal Parameters", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 347, pp. 525-530, 2007

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September 2007