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Columns are the most important structural element of the building. The overall performance of the structure depends on stability of the column plays a important role under different loading conations. The column should be provided with adequate strength for the entire design life of the structure. Any deficiency occur in the column will affect the smooth function of the structural members and in turn the structure gets collapse. The column will be subjected to additional load due to earthquake and blast which is of higher magnitude than design load and there by failure happened in the column. The columns are then retrofitted to meet the expected design life. An experimental work was carried out to study the CFRP wrapped column. The load carrying capacity of conventional concrete columns compared with the carbon fibre reinforced polymer wrapped columns. Three different cross sections of the column like circular, square and rectangular were tested. The result of the study demonstrated the CFRP wrapped circular column has high percentage increase in load carrying capacity compared to the conventional circular column than the rectangular and square column due to the influence of confinement.
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