Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Field assessment of a concrete bridge

I recenlty published a chapter titled "Field assessment of a concrete bridge" in the book "Eco-efficient Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Infrastructures", edited by Fernando Pacheco-Torgal, Robert Melchers, Nele de Belie, Xianming Shi, Kim Van Tittelboom, and Andres Saez Perez. This book is part of the Woodhead Publishing series in Civil and Structural Engineering.

The description of the book is as follows:

Eco-efficient Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Infrastructures provides an updated state-of-the-art review on eco-efficient repair and rehabilitation of concrete infrastructure. The first section focuses on deterioration assessment methods, and includes chapters on stress wave assessment, ground-penetrating radar, monitoring of corrosion, SHM using acoustic emission and optical fiber sensors. Other sections discuss the development and application of several new innovative repair and rehabilitation materials, including geopolymer concrete, sulfoaluminate cement-based concrete, engineered cementitious composites (ECC) based concrete, bacteria-based concrete, concrete with encapsulated polyurethane, and concrete with super absorbent polymer (SAPs), amongst other topics.

Final sections focus on crucial design aspects, such as quality control, including lifecycle and cost analysis with several related case studies on repair and rehabilitation. The book will be an essential reference resource for materials scientists, civil and structural engineers, architects, structural designers and contractors working in the construction industry.


The abstract of Chapter 9 on Field assessment of a concrete bridge is:

Chapter 9, Field assessment of a concrete bridge, presents a case study of the field assessment: visual inspection and load testing of a reinforced concrete bridge, with cracking caused by alkali-silica reaction. It encompasses the preparation, execution, and post-processing of the load test. It also includes a discussion of the cost-savings (economic, environmental, and social) that are obtained through this procedure compared to a replacement of the super-structure.

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