Mechanics of Composite Materials

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 457–474 | Cite as

Grips for the transmission of tensile loads to a FRP strip

  • G. G. Portnov
  • V. L. Kulakov
  • A. K. Arnautov

Designs of grips for flat strips made of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs) are put forward. They can be used for tests in tension, prestretching, and long-term loading. In order to prevent the rise of stress concentrations, special profiled grips with a varying surface curvature allowing the transmission of tensile loads to the strip by means of gradually increasing shear stresses (without peaks) have been elaborated. The results of a mathematical analysis of the stress state in the strip, an example of calculation, and experimental data obtained from testing a carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer strip in profiled model grips specially constructed for this purpose are presented.


fiber-reinforced polymer strips grips anchorage stress concentration friction 



This work was carried out with a financial support of ERAF project Nr. 2010/0296/2DP/


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. G. Portnov
    • 1
  • V. L. Kulakov
    • 1
  • A. K. Arnautov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Polymer Mechanics of University of LatviaRigaLatvia

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