American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Advanced XFEM Simulation of Pull-out and Debonding of Steel Bars and FRP-Reinforcements in Concrete Beams

Nicola Orlando and Elena Benvenuti

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2016.746.754

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 9, Issue 3

Pages 746-754


An innovative three-dimensional model is applied to the pull-out of steel bars and the debonding of FRP plates from concrete specimens. The shearing and opening modes at the interface of debonding is fully captured. The model is based on an innovative variant of the regularized eXtended Finite Element Method (XFEM) developed by the authors. In this method, the displacement discontinuity at the debonding surface is regularized and an internal length parameter is introduced. Besides smoothing the debonding, the regularized XFEM is particularly suitable for modelling steel fiber reinforced beams.


© 2016 Nicola Orlando and Elena Benvenuti. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.