The blast resistance of a typical reinforced concrete bridge pier column design was modeled with a nonlinear finite element approach that considers material damage, fracture, and separation. While varying concrete strength, amount of longitudinal reinforcing steel, and gravity load, the effect of applying an externally bonded steel fiber reinforced polymer (SFRP) wrapping was assessed. The presented approach uniquely quantifies column blast resistance in terms of charge weight. It was found that blast capacity was roughly linearly related to concrete strength and steel reinforcement ratio, the former of which is most influential. It was further found that a single layer of SFRP modestly increased blast resistance, while additional SFRP layers provided minimal benefit.
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Alsendi, A. and Eamon, C. D. 2020. “Quantitative resistance assessment of SFRP-strengthened RC bridge columns subjected to blast loads.” J. Perform. Constr. Facil. 34 (4): 04020055. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0001458.