Composites made of fibers embedded in organic or inorganic matrices are efficient systems for reinforcing historical masonry structures to provide strength and ductility with a negligible mass increment. As it is well known, the structural performance of the composites mainly relies on their adhesion to the substrate. There are different methods to test the adhesion of the composite to the substrate: in laboratory direct shear test is the most commonly employed, while on-site the bond between the reinforcement and the substrate is checked by the pull-off test. In this paper, the adhesion of different composites to the same substrate made of fired-clay bricks is investigated by both the shear test and the pull-off test to qualitatively assess the difference in the two methods. Additionally, to investigate whether the bond is affected by the presence of water in the pores, half of the specimens were tested in water saturated conditions. Three different types of matrix (based on epoxy resin, natural hydraulic lime and Portland cement) were used for the composite matrix, without changing the geometry, the type of masonry substrate and the fibers (galvanized steel cords).

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Published on 30/11/21
Submitted on 30/11/21

Volume Repair and strengthening strategies and techniques, 2021
DOI: 10.23967/sahc.2021.045
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