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The assessment of corrosion-damaged concrete structures

Webster, Michael Peter (2000)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Data from existing research are linked together to produce an overview of the effects of chloride-induced corrosion on reinforced concrete structures. The effects of chloride-induced corrosion on the following mechanisms have been investigated: (i) Cracking. (ii) Bond strength. (iii) Flexural strength. (iv) Shear strength. (v) Column behaviour. Models have been developed to link material and structural aspects of deterioration. Despite the complexity of the behaviour, many of the models are modifications to existing procedures contained in UK codes. Material and structural models are integrated together in a spreadsheet for assessing the variation in load-carrying capacity with time. Time to cracking and residual load-carrying capacity are found to be sensitive to small variations in key parameters such as the cover and the surface chloride level. Predictions from a spreadsheet model indicate that structures designed and built to BS 8110 should achieve their design life without the need for significant repair. The predictions also indicate that the UK Highways Agency was justified in making BD 57 more onerous than BS 5400. With validation against further test data the procedures developed in this Thesis could form the basis for codes of practice for the assessment of corrosion-damaged concrete structures and the durability design of new concrete structures.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Clark, L. A. (Leslie Arthur) (1944-) and Somerville, George
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Engineering
Department:Department of Civil Engineering
Subjects:TG Bridge engineering
TH Building construction
TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:259
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