Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Committee Chair

Hota V. S. GangaRao.


The use of non-corrosive fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) rebars in lieu of mild steel rods is investigated. The present work covers experimental testing of twenty-seven concrete beams reinforced with FRP rebars subjected to bending, twenty-four cantilever specimens subjected to bond forces, and twelve straight pull-out specimens. The following response of concrete beams reinforced with FRP rebars were investigated: pre- and post-cracking behavior, load-deflection and stress variations, elastic and ultimate load carrying capacities, crack widths and patterns, bond stress and embedment length, and modes of failure. In order to take advantage of the high tensile strength of FRP rebars (80 to 130 ksi), high (6-10 ksi) concrete in lieu of regular strength concrete (4 ksi) is used. The use of sand coated FRP rebars in addition to higher strength concretes improved the overall behavior of the beams. It is shown that a 90% increase in ultimate moment capacity is achieved over beams reinforced with steel rebars for the same area and strength of concrete. Theoretical correlations with experimental results are conducted in terms of elastic and ultimate bending moment, crack width, post cracking deflection, and bond and development length. Simple design equations for structural design applications are developed with similarities and parallels to current ACI 318-89 code equations. Step by step design example is presented based on the above design equations.