Facta universitatis - series: Architecture and Civil Engineering 2009 Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages: 1-18
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Durability design of concrete structures, Part 1: Analysis fundamentals

Folić Radomir

Concrete structures (CS) are designed so that they can satisfy requirements regarding safety, serviceability, durability and aesthetics throughout their design service life. Present design procedures regarding CS required by national or international codes and standards such as Model Code Euro International Committee of Concrete (1993) now Federation Internationale du Beton (FIB), Eurocodes, ACI, RILEM, etc. are predominantly based on strength principles and limit state formulation. The durability aspect is a natural extension of the classical resistance verification where deterioration effects are normally neglected. The reliability is assessed through the given performance that must be delivered within the design service life, the so-called performance-based design. This approach can be adopted for a performance based on service life design. In the recent years design is related to durability through the analysis of carbonation, resistance to chloride ingress, improved freezing and thawing resistance, etc. The review of literature and some recommendations are presented referring to the design of structures aiming to attain greater durability of CS. The accent is put on the theory of reliability, failure probability and service life probability. The basics of this analysis are given through the principles of performances and service life, and deterministic and scholastic methods using the lifetime safety factor.

Keywords: concrete structures, service life, reliability, durability, failure, deterministic analysis, stochastic analysis

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