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Degradation of structural performance: Experiment introduction and expected results
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
2006 (English)In: Bridge maintenance, safety, management, life-cycle performance and cost: proceedings of the Third International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, Porto, Portugal, 16 - 19 July 2006 / [ed] Paulo J. S. Cruz; Dan M. Frangopol, London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2006, 251-252 p.Conference paper, Meeting abstract (Other academic)
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Much effort has been put on investigating degradation of concrete structures, repair and upgrading separately, as can be read in numerous publications, i.e., Green et. al. (2003), Morgan (1995) and Täljsten (2004). However, an overall view has not been taken where the whole life cycle of a concrete structure is considered. In particular, no laboratory tests have been presented in the literature to the author's knowledge. A structure passes several stages during its life. Normally two major stages are discerned, the service limit state (SLS) and the ultimate limit state (ULS). Concrete structures are designed for both these stages. In the SLS normally the deformation and crack widths are controlled. Deformation due to comfort demands and crack widths due to durability demands. In the ULS the structure is designed for its ultimate capacity - which for civil and building structures almost never is reached. From a safety aspect the ULS is most important; however, for the client the SLS with regard to maintenance, repair and upgrading are most costly. If the SLS was better understood, in particular from a rehabilitation point of view, more robust and cost effective repair and upgrading system could be developed. (Figure Presented). This paper is also a part of "Sustainable bridges". "Sustainable bridges" is a European project which focus is to preserve bridges throughout Europe and create unanimous codes for all participating countries. The project presented in this paper, Degradation of Structural Performance (DOSP), will investigate the behaviour of concrete beams which will endure a simulated life cycle procedure. The test program will direct the beams from full strength of the intact beam through degradation, repair and upgrading with FRP plate bonding to its original strength again or near. The cross-sectional strain distribution will be monitored during the test using Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) Strain Sensors as well as traditional strain gauges. This gives the possibility of comparing results in between the two monitoring techniques over proportionately long time span. An accelerated corrosion procedure is used to corrode the flexural tensile reinforcement. The cycle may be divided into seven stages, a to g, presented shortly in Figure 1, Horrigmoe (1998) and Sand 2001. This life cycle is possible in the real case scenario for bridges or other concrete structures which are subjected to chlorides, i.e. de-icing salt or sea water

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London: Taylor & Francis Group, 2006. 251-252 p.
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Structural Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-36980Local ID: ad6ae640-7ace-11df-ab16-000ea68e967bISBN: 0-415-40315-4 (print)ISBN: 978-0-415-40315-3 (print)OAI: diva2:1010479
International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management : 16/07/2006 - 19/07/2006
Godkänd; 2006; 20100618 (andbra)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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