ASTM-D7958 Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Performance for FRP Composite Bonded to Concrete Substrate using Beam Test


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1.1 This test method describes the apparatus and procedure for evaluating the performance of wet lay-up or pultruded Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite systems adhesively bonded to a flat concrete substrate. The test determines the maximum force that an FRP system can bear before detaching from a concrete beam tested in flexure. Failure will occur along the weakest plane within the system composed of the FRP composite, adhesive, and concrete substrate.

1.2 This test method is used for assessment and comparison of FRP systems subject to environmental conditioning. This test method is not intended for job approval or product qualification purposes.

1.3 This test method is intended for use with adhesive-applied FRP systems and is appropriate for use with FRP systems having any fiber orientation or combination of ply orientations comprising the FRP composite, although the test condition only considers forces in the direction parallel to the beam longitudinal axis.

1.4 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system must be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the standard.

1.4.1 Within the text, the inch-pound units are shown in brackets.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

Significance and Use

5.1 This test method serves as a means for uniformly preparing and testing standard specimens suitable for being subject to environmental conditioning and subsequently used to evaluate FRP-bonded-to-concrete system performance, and evaluating and reporting the results.

5.2 This test method is intended for use in the laboratory.

5.3 The comparison of results from this test method conducted on identical specimens subject to different environmental conditioning protocols can be used to evaluate the effects of environmental exposure on the bond performance of FRP systems.


beams; bond; composite materials; pultruded (shop-fabricated) FRP composite; wet lay-up FRP composite;

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Sept. 1, 2017

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Test Method

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