ASTM D7205 / D7205M - 06(2011)

    Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composite Bars

    Active Standard ASTM D7205 / D7205M | Developed by Subcommittee: D30.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.03


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is designed to produce longitudinal tensile strength and elongation data. From a tension test, a variety of data are acquired that are needed for design purposes. Material-related factors that influence the tensile response of bars and should therefore be reported include the following: constituent materials, void content, volume percent reinforcement, methods of fabrication, and fiber reinforcement architecture. Similarly, test factors relevant to the measured tensile response of bars include specimen preparation, specimen conditioning, environment of testing, specimen alignment and gripping, and speed of testing. Properties, in the test direction, that may be obtained from this test method include:

    5.1.1 Ultimate tensile strength,

    5.1.2 Ultimate tensile strain,

    5.1.3 Tensile chord modulus of elasticity, and

    5.1.4 Stress-strain curve.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method determines the quasi-static longitudinal tensile strength and elongation properties of fiber reinforced polymer matrix (FRP) composite bars commonly used as tensile elements in reinforced, prestressed, or post-tensioned concrete.

    Note 1

    Additional procedures for determining tensile properties of polymer matrix composites may be found in test methods D 3039/D 3039M and D 3916.

    1.2 Linear elements used for reinforcing Portland cement concrete are referred to as bars, rebar, rods, or tendons, depending on the specific application. This test method is applicable to all such reinforcements within the limitations noted in the method. The test articles are referred to as bars in this test method. In general, bars have solid cross-sections and a regular pattern of surface undulations and/or a coating of bonded particles that promote mechanical interlock between the bar and concrete. The test method is also appropriate for use with linear segments cut from a grid. Specific details for preparing and testing of bars and grids are provided. In some cases, anchors may be necessary to prevent grip-induced damage to the ends of the bar or grid. Recommended details for the anchors are provided in .

    1.3 The strength values provided by this method are short-term static strengths that do not account for sustained static or fatigue loading. Additional material characterization may be required, especially for bars that are to be used under high levels of sustained or repeated loading.

    This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.4 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. Within the text, the inch-pound units are shown in brackets. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system must be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the standard.

    1.5 This annex describes the recommended anchor to facilitate gripping of FRP bar specimens for various types of tests performed under tensile loading. It also specifies preparation of the specimens. Other types of anchors may be used provided it is demonstrated that (a) failure of the bar occurs outside the anchors and (b) the anchors prevent excessive slip of the bar prior to tensile failure.

    1.6 This annex provides recommendations for testing bars in conditions that are other than standard laboratory conditions. These conditions may include immersion in water or other aqueous solution and/or elevated temperature or moisture conditions.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    A615/A615M Specification for Deformed and Plain Carbon-Steel Bars for Concrete Reinforcement

    D792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D3039/D3039M Test Method for Tensile Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials

    D3171 Test Methods for Constituent Content of Composite Materials

    D3878 Terminology for Composite Materials

    D3916 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Pultruded Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Rod

    D5229/D5229M Test Method for Moisture Absorption Properties and Equilibrium Conditioning of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E6 Terminology Relating to Methods of Mechanical Testing

    E83 Practice for Verification and Classification of Extensometer Systems

    E122 Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process

    E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics

    E1012 Practice for Verification of Testing Frame and Specimen Alignment Under Tensile and Compressive Axial Force Application

    E1309 Guide for Identification of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer-Matrix Composite Materials in Databases

    E1434 Guide for Recording Mechanical Test Data of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials in Databases

    E1471 Guide for Identification of Fibers, Fillers, and Core Materials in Computerized Material Property Databases


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.100.40 (Products in fibre-reinforced cement)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D7205_D7205M-06R11

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