A performance-based strategy for ensuring the sustainability of concrete infrastructure

P. A. M. Basheer, S. Nanukuttan, C. Green, P. Pouryahya, William John McCarter, T Malcolm Chrisp

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    Abstract

    Despite numerous reported cases of failure of concrete structures the durability of concrete is still compromised due to lack of a clear strategy for ensuring its performance in the exposure environment. This is someway addressed in EN 206-1: 2000, by specifying 6 different exposure classes with 23 different sub-classes in total. However, the approach to ensure durability in these service environments is still prescriptive or "deemed-to-satisfy" manner. Therefore, a performance-based strategy to specify concrete and a set of performance tests to assess its performance in the service environment are essential so that reliable prediction of its service life could be made. Such an approach is likely to contribute to improving the sustainability of concrete infrastructure, by minimising premature replacement of structures and allocating resources in a timely and planned manner. This strategy is introduced in this paper.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Sustainability Challenges and Advances in Concrete Technology
    Pages74-88
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventInternational Conference on Advances in Concrete Technology Sustainability Challenges and Advances in Concrete Technology - Tamil Nadu, India
    Duration: 2 May 20124 May 2012

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Advances in Concrete Technology Sustainability Challenges and Advances in Concrete Technology
    Abbreviated titleSCACT 2012
    CountryIndia
    CityTamil Nadu
    Period2/05/124/05/12

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    Basheer, P. A. M., Nanukuttan, S., Green, C., Pouryahya, P., McCarter, W. J., & Chrisp, T. M. (2012). A performance-based strategy for ensuring the sustainability of concrete infrastructure. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainability Challenges and Advances in Concrete Technology (pp. 74-88)