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Finite element modelling of reinforced concrete one-way slabs strengthened using basalt textile reinforced mortars

Naveen Revanna (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China)
Charles K.S. Moy (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China)

Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures

ISSN: 1573-6105

Article publication date: 2 December 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023




This paper employs a textile reinforcement strain comparison to study the response of Textile Reinforced Mortars (TRM) strengthened reinforced concrete one-way slab members in flexure using the finite element method. Basalt TRM (BTRM) is a relatively new composite in structural strengthening applications. Experimental data on BTRMs are limited in the literature and numerical analyses can help further the understanding of this composite. With this notion, Abaqus finite element software is utilised to create a numerical method to capture the mechanical response of strengthened slab members instead of time-consuming laboratory experiments.


A numerical method is developed and validated using existing experimental data set on one-way slabs strengthened using Basalt TRMs from the literature. An explicit solver is utilised to analyse the finite element model created using calibrated Concrete Damage Plasticity (CDP) parameters according to the experimental requirements. The generated model is applied to extract load, deflection and rebar strains sustained by strengthened reinforced concrete slabs as observed from the experimental reference chosen. The applicability of the developed model was studied beyond parametric studies by comparing the generated finite element tensile strain by the textile fibre with available formulae.


CDP calibration done has shown its adaptability. The predicted results in the form of load versus deflection, tensile and compressive damage patterns from the numerical analysis showed good agreement with the experimental data. A parametric study on various concrete strength, textile spacing and TRM bond length obtained shows TRM’s advantages and its favourability for external strengthening applications. A set of five formulae considered to predict the experimental strain showed varied accuracy.


The developed numerical model considers strain sustained by the textile fibre to make results more robust and reliable. The obtained strain from the numerical study showed good agreement with the experiment results.



The authors acknowledge the financial support from RDF 16–01-17 and XJTLU Key Program Special Fund KSF-E-27. The support from the Department of Civil Engineering at XJTLU in providing a workstation to carry out the numerical work is greatly appreciated.


Revanna, N. and Moy, C.K.S. (2023), "Finite element modelling of reinforced concrete one-way slabs strengthened using basalt textile reinforced mortars", Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 71-98.



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