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Francesc Puigvert will read the thesis about circular bond-type anchorages on 20th October

Next Monday 20th October Francesc Puigvert will read his thesis about “Analysis of circular bond-type anchorages for prestressing composite rods under quasi-static, fatigue and time-dependent loads”.


In prestressed structures subjected to corrosive environments, consideration is being given to replacing the steels tendons with non-corrosive tendons.  In this respect, Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials are a durable option in the design of prestressed concrete structures for use in corrosive environments due to their high mechanical properties, light weight and high resistance to corrosion. However, one of the challenges associated with this option lies in developing a suitable anchorage system for FRP tendons.


Fatigue test


In the present work, the mechanical response of circular adhesively bonded anchorages for FRP tendons has been investigated under quasi-static, time-dependent and fatigue loading. This has been achieved through a combination of an experimental campaign and finite element modelling work.


The thesis was supervised by Dr. Lluís Gil within the doctoral programme “Structural analysis” of the Dept. of Strength of Materials and Structures in Engineering.


And the jury is formed by:

President: Lluís Torres – Universitat de Girona
Secretary: Montserrat Sànchez – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya 
External examiner: Dora Foti – Politecnico di Bari