Keynote Paper - Performance Monitoring for Sustainable Concrete Infrastructure

William John McCarter

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Satisfactory guidelines for ensuring adequate reinforced concrete durability can only be developed by monitoring concrete performance under a range of field exposure conditions over an extended period of time. Only then can there be a move from prescriptive durability specifications (minimum grade, maximum water-binder ratio, and minimum cement content) to performance-based methods. The situation is also made more complex by the range of cements now available - BS EN 197 defines a total of 27 products in the family of common cements. Implementation of both design for durability and performance-based standards and specifications are limited by the lack of rapid, simple, science-based test methods for characterizing the transport properties and deterioration resistance of concrete. This paper presents an overview of performance-based specification and developments in the application of electrical property measurements as a testing methodology in evaluating the relative performance of concrete mixes. The technique lends itself to in-situ monitoring thereby allowing measurements to be obtained on the as-placed concrete.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Civil Engineering Research in Ireland Conference 2016
EditorsJamie Goggins
Place of PublicationIreland
PublisherCivil Engineering Research Association of Ireland
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780957395725
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2016
EventCivil Engineering Research in Ireland 2016 - Galway, Ireland
Duration: 29 Aug 201630 Aug 2016


ConferenceCivil Engineering Research in Ireland 2016
Abbreviated titleCERI 2016


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