A Numerical Study on Steel Tubes Wrapped with CFRP Laminates: Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymers Applications on Offshore Marine Structures

By Laya Zahedi and Asghar Vatani Oskouei.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Natural events in the oceans and seas have always created different special conditions. Hence, most marine structures such as jacket type platforms are always under several load combinations. Moreover, members’ performance is impaired and they sustain severe damage due to member deterioration and fatigue failures, which are frequent in these structures. Dynamic flexural loading is one of the cases that causes the section fatigue, which gradually weakens the member. Consequently, one of the most suitable solutions that can be done to prevent the deterioration of steel tubes is to cover them with fibre-reinforced polymers, which has recently gained popularity. In this article, the strengthening and retrofitting of steel tubes by wrapping multi-layered CFRP laminates is investigated by a numerical approach. The ABAQUS finite element software is utilized for modelling and further studies. The results were verified by former experimental researches. The resulting graphs and figures show that CFRP laminates, improved the mechanical behaviour of steel tubes such as strength and stiffness.

Keywords: Building Processes, Steel Tubes, Offshore Structures, Marine Structures, CFRP, Finite Element Method, Rehabilitating

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.75-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 637.100KB).

Laya Zahedi

MS Student of Marine Structures, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Laya Zahedi is a MS student of marine engineering in science and research branch of Islamic Azad University. She works with polymer materials and the effects of them on pipelines and tubular sections.

Dr. Asghar Vatani Oskouei

Associate Professor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

He is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University. His research interests include earthquake resistant design and Fiber Reinforced Polymer material behavior.