The oldest and simplest bond test, which is the standard concentric pull out test, is usually used as a comparative test for different concretes in order to assess the bond with deformed bars. In this paper, two types of concrete are considered: Ordinary Portland cement (OPC) concrete and a novel concrete technology, namely geopolymer concrete (GPC). Bond strength was investigated by conducting pull-out tests on ribbed bars with a nominal diameter of 10 mm and/or 12 mm. The specimens were tested at various ages ranging from 1 to 28 days. Compression tests were performed at all ages as well. The main objective of the extensive research program involving 260 pull-out tests was to develop empirical models correlating the steel-concrete bond strength to the mean compressive strength of concrete for both OPC and geopolymer concretes. The models developed are compared to the existing model adopted by FIP Committee.
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