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Influence of global warming on durability of corroding RC structures: A probabilistic approach

Abstract : Chloride ingress and carbonation cause corrosion of reinforced concrete (RC) structures affecting its operational life. Experimental evidence indicates that these deterioration processes are highly influenced by CO2 emissions and climatic conditions in the surrounding environment - i.e., temperature, humidity, etc. Since studies on global warming announce changes in climate, the impact of changing climate on RC durability should also be considered. This paper links RC deterioration mechanisms to CO2 emissions and global warming. Based on various studies on climate change, models for estimating the effect of CO2 emissions and temperature/humidity changes due to global warming are described. Furthermore, various scenarios of global warming that can be used to assess the effect of climate change in structural reliability are proposed. The proposed approach is then illustrated with a numerical example that calculates the probability of failure of a RC bridge beam for future climate scenarios. The paper then outlines some adaptation strategies, particularly focusing on the needs for risk-based selection of optimal adaptation measures.
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Emilio Bastidas-Arteaga, Franck Schoefs, Mark G. Stewart, Xiaoming Wang. Influence of global warming on durability of corroding RC structures: A probabilistic approach. Engineering Structures, Elsevier, 2013, 51, pp.259-266. ⟨10.1016/j.engstruct.2013.01.006⟩. ⟨hal-00806426⟩



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