Effect of Potable, Acidic and Alkaline Water Curing on Flexure Strength of Strengthened and Unstrengthen Reinforced Concrete Beams
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Research Scholar, JSPM’s Rajarshi Shahu College of Engineering, Tathawade, Pune, India
Principal, ABMSP’s Anantrao Pawar College of Engineering and Research, Pune, India
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Akshay D. Barkale   

JSPM’s Rajarshi Shahu College of Engineering, Tathwade, Pune, India
Ecol. Eng. Environ. Technol. 2023; 2:153-161
The rapid growing population has resulted into the need of additional capacities of existing infrastructure facilities, commercial buildings etc. Also, the revisions of codal provisions has made many existing structures fall out of the safety criteria mandated by these provisions. In such scenario, from environmental point of view it is always better to strengthen the existing structure than demolish it and cause pollution. Such structures are made to withstand greater load than their capacity by means of supplementary systems also known as strengthening schemes. Recently, Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) is in wide use in strengthening aspect due to its various advantages. Also, Potable Water is a scarcest commodity these days. Its significance in construction industry have been vital. Concrete and water being the most utilized construction materials, this paper examines the effect of different pH water levels on flexure capacity of concrete beams with and without the strengthening system. Eighteen numbers of concrete beams with conventional reinforcement are casted with size of 500x100x100 mm3. These beams are divided into six categories so that each category has three number of beams. The beams are categorized based on the FRP application and pH value of curing solution. Three types of water is used with pH in the range of 4 to 5, pH of 7.5 and pH in the range 9 to 10. Single layer of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) fabric sheet is used for flexure strength enhancement. All beams are tested using flexural test till failure. Salient points viz. load and deflection at which first crack, service and failure. These points are noted for each beam and average of three beams of a group is presented as final reading. Suitable conclusions are drawn from these test results.
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