Experimental investigations on bonded sleeve connection joining GFRP beams and columns

Z. Zhang, Y. Bai, F. Luo, C. Wu, X. Xiao

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This paper investigates the performance of bonded sleeve connection for joining GFRP beams and columns. GFRP tubular sections were used due to their improved torsional rigidity, improved weak axis strength and stiffness over open sections. Bonded sleeve connection utilizes a sleeve connector made by welding a steel tube to a steel endplate. The steel tube is then inserted and adhesively bonded to GFRP beam using high strength epoxy-adhesive and the endplate is connected to GFRP column through high tensile steel go-through bolts. Total of four beam-to-column specimens with different bond length and number of bolts were tested under static loading scenario until failure. The mechanical performance (both initial rotational stiffness and ultimate moment capacity) of the connection system as well as the failure modes were evaluated through the tests. It was found that all specimens can be well classified as semi-rigid connections based on their initial stiffness according to Eurocode 3.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechanics of Structures and Materials
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016
EditorsHong Hao, Chunwei Zhang
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138029934
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
EventAustralasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials 2016 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016
Conference number: 24th


ConferenceAustralasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials 2016
Abbreviated titleACMSM 2016

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