For existing reinforced concrete (RC) bridges, the structural performance is highly dependent on the changing properties of concrete and reinforcing steel due to neutralisation-induced corrosion. As neutralisation progresses, the corrosion could become serious enough to deteriorate not only the serviceability, but also the maintainability, of the structural performance. To study the influence of neutralisation on the existing RC bridges, the inspected data and test results collected from 21 bridges in Taiwan were examined to obtain the essential parameters through regression analyses. The regressive parameters related to service time can be employed in evaluating the variation of material and sectional properties in both reinforcements and concrete, and, accordingly, the change of structural performance from time to time could be obtained quantitatively via structural analysis. As a consequence, the performance degradation curve of an existing RC bridge can be predicted and, if necessary, the appropriate timing for repair or retrofit could be suggested. The results obtained could facilitate the minimisation of life-cycle cost for the neutralised RC bridges and enhance the functionality of a bridge management system (BMS).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Building and Construction
- Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
- Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
- Ocean Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering