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    Experimental Analysis on Durability of Brick-Masonry Panels Subjected to Cyclic Loads

    R.S. Olivito1, F.A. Zuccarello1

    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.2, No.1, pp. 19-28, 2006, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2006.002.019

    Abstract During the last decades FRP materials have been utilized in many civil engineering applications for their good performances in substituting traditional restoration techniques, especially in reinforcing and restoring damaged structures. At present, the use of composite materials is greatly increasing as a consequence of the fact that conservation and restoration of existing historic heritage are becoming key issues for civil engineers and architects. This paper deals with the behavior of brick masonry models subjected to cyclic loads with the aim of studying their performances and durability. Firstly the models were damaged by imposing a strain history until they reached a… More >

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    Seismic Fragility Analysis of Long-Span Bridge System with Durability Degradation

    Yan Liang1,*, Jialei Yan1, Zhanqi Cheng1,*, Huai Chen1, Ruimin Mao1

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.121, No.1, pp. 177-214, 2019, DOI:10.32604/cmes.2019.07141

    Abstract An offshore long-span continuous rigid-frame bridge is taken as an example to study the effect of degradation of bond-slip behavior on the seismic performance of bridges in an offshore environment during a service period. On the basis of a numerical simulation analysis using the OpenSeeS platform, the influence of durability degradation of concrete carbonization, steel corrosion, and degradation of bond-slip performance is considered collectively using incremental dynamic analysis method to examine the time-varying seismic fragility of the offshore bridge. Results show that when bond slip is considered, the exceedance probability of the bridge components and the system increases significantly, and… More >

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    Durability of Thermally Modified Wood of Gmelina arborea and Tectona grandis Tested under Field and Accelerated Conditions

    Róger Moya*, Lucia Fallas-Valverde, Alexander Berrocal, Dawa Méndez-Álvarez

    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.5, No.3-4, pp. 208-219, 2017, DOI:10.7569/JRM.2017.634111

    Abstract This study evaluated the durability in terms of decay and mechanical resistance of thermally modified (TM) wood of Tectona grandis and Gmelina arborea treated at 160, 180, 200 and 220 °C. The TM wood of both species treated above 200 °C and 180 °C respectively presents lower weight loss (WL) after 300 days exposure in field and accelerated testing. It was also found that in field testing over 180 °C, the module of elasticity (MOE) and module of rupture (MOR) of the exposed and unexposed stakes of TM wood were not affected. Accelerated tests showed that the loss in flexural… More >

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    Durability of Reinforced Concrete Structures under Coupling Action of Load and Chlorine Erosion

    Yang Li1,*, Dongwei Yang1, Jiangkun Zhang1

    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.12, No.1, pp. 51-63, 2018, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2018.012.051

    Abstract Diffusion behavior of chloride ion in reinforced concrete under bending moment was studied by taking the ratio of bending moment to ultimate flexural capacity as load level indicator. The function relationship between load level and chloride ion diffusion coefficient was established, based on that the limit state equation of the chloride ion critical concentration and chloride ion concentration on surface of the steel bar was established. Then by applying Monte-Carlo method the corrosion probability of reinforcement under different load levels in splash zone was calculated. Calculation results demonstrated that compared with the durability reliability index considering loading effect, the reliability… More >

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    Computational Framework for Durability Design and Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Structures Exposed to Chloride Environment

    Gang Lin1, Yinghua Liu1,2, Zhihai Xiang1

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.47, No.3, pp. 217-252, 2009, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2009.047.217

    Abstract Deterioration of reinforced concrete (RC) structures due to chloride ingress followed by reinforcement corrosion is a serious problem all over the world, therefore prediction of chloride profiles is a key element in evaluating durability and integrity of RC structures exposed to chloride environment. In the present paper, an integrated finite element-based computational framework is developed for predicting service life of RC structures exposed to chloride environment, which takes environment temperature and humidity fluctuations, diffusion and convection, chloride binding, as well as the decay of durability of structures caused by coupled deterioration processes into account. The decay of RC structures due… More >

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    Effect of Reinforcement Corrosion Sediment Distribution Characteristics on Concrete Damage Behavior

    Fenghua Yuan1, Qing Zhang1,*, Xiaozhou Xia1

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.58, No.3, pp. 777-793, 2019, DOI:10.32604/cmc.2019.04182

    Abstract Reinforcement corrosion directly affects the mechanical behavior of reinforced concrete structures. An electric corrosion test was conducted on a reinforced concrete test specimen, and a finite element model of the reinforcement corrosion damage was established. In addition, the damage behavior of reinforced concrete under different corrosion sediment distribution characteristics and different corrosion rates was studied. It was noted that when corrosion sediments are in a “semiellipse+semicircle” distribution, the results of numerical calculation are consistent with those obtained experimentally, reflecting the damage characteristics of reinforced concrete test specimens. Further, the results showed that the distribution characteristics of corrosion sediments greatly influence… More >

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