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Probabilistic modelling for durability design of reinforced concrete structures

By Rachel Njeri Muigai

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Includes abastract.Includes bibliographical references.The purpose of this study was to create a framework for the development of a probabilistic model for durability design of reinforced concrete (RC) structures in South African marine conditions. Durability design of RC structures is mainly concerned with ensuring the ability of the concrete to resist the penetration of aggressive agents during the concrete‘s intended service life. RC structures in the marine environment may be attacked by aggressive chloride ions which penetrate concrete mainly through the diffusion mechanism. The chloride ions accumulate at the steel level and, upon reaching a critical concentration, cause corrosion to initiate which if not intercepted leads to the eventual deterioration of the entire structure

Topics: Civil Engineering
Publisher: Department of Civil Engineering
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:open.uct.ac.za:11427/5020
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