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Master of Science (MS)


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (Engineering)

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First Committee Member

Antonio Nanni

Second Committee Member

Francisco J. De Caso y Basalo

Third Committee Member

Diana M. Arboleda

Fourth Committee Member

Marco Savoia


Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) composites are a recent advancement in structural repair and strengthening technology. Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) is a term used for describing FRCM, but it is considered much broader as it includes new construction and different fabric architectures. FRCM is a complex material to model, since the matrix has a strain to failure significantly smaller than that of the fabric reinforcement. Several numerical models, critical for design purposes, have been proposed in the literature addressing the tensile behavior and bond characteristics of cementitious composites. Available numerical approaches (e.g., finite element method (FEM) models) of FRCM and TRC can be assessed for use as correlation tools to ongoing experimental data. FRCM, characterized by dry fabric reinforcement, has unique characteristics within this field which will allow for narrowing of selected model specifications. Material characterization has been performed to obtain values to be used with design guidelines. In this thesis, a comprehensive literature review is conducted that summarizes available models, including interpretation of the fundamental principles of the simulations, through an annotated bibliography. The aim is to provide a point of reference for further research in this growing field by organizing and constructively comparing the available models. Those that align with the available experimental data will be valuable for the continued understanding of these composite materials and can serve to validate current acceptance criteria and algorithms proposed by design guidelines.


Literature review; FRCM; TRC; Tensile Behavior; Numerical Approaches