This study investigates the flexural performance of RC beams under the effects of a tropical climate. Effects from the tropical climate, such as heat and rain throughout the year, may cause deterioration to the surface of concrete. Concrete will gradually erode and may expose the steel inside the beam. If the steel is exposed, it may be oxidized, thus decreasing the strength of the RC structure. To avoid this situation from happening, the Near Surface Mounted (NSM) method of strengthening may be applied as an alternative. Three beams with the size of 125 mm x 300 mm x 1800 mm (width; height; length) were constructed for this study. The first one is a beam without strengthening, while the other two beams were strengthened with CFRP plate horizontally positioned on the tension zones, where one beam is placed under room temperature conditions, while the other is left to endure the conditions of the tropical climate for a period of 6 months. All three beams were then tested under a four-point bending test. Results show that the strengthened beam placed under room temperature conditions has 1% more flexural strength compared to the exposed beam. The exposed beam, however, has 21% more flexural strength compared to the control beam. Thus, NSM is proven to strengthen beams even in a tropical climate.
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