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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 748294, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/748294
Research Article

Behavior of Concrete Columns Repaired with Polymer Mortar and Epoxy Fiber Panel

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Republic of Korea

Received 12 November 2012; Accepted 30 January 2013

Academic Editor: Md Mainul Islam

Copyright © 2013 Sungnam Hong and Sun-Kyu Park. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Underwater structures are not easy to check for the degree of damage or to repair and strengthen damaged regions. Even during repair and strengthening, quality control is very difficult, because the work is done under water. Moreover, underwater structures severely deteriorate, owing to special environmental conditions. If this deterioration continues, the structures face serious structural problems, because of the corrosion of steel rods and the loss of concrete sections. Repairing or strengthening underwater structures requires effective, economic underwater repair and reinforcement techniques that allow the same working conditions as on the ground while maintaining dry condition for the repair sections. However, systematic studies on the repair and strengthening techniques for underwater structures are insufficient. This study proposes a new repair method for underwater structures, which applies epoxy fiber panel forms and shear connectors. To demonstrate the repair effects, this study compared and evaluated the failure modes and repair effects by the surface condition of repair sections, by applying various repair methods, in consideration of the ground and underwater conditions.