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Impact of material deterioration on the strength of reinforced concrete half-joint structures

Desnerck, P and Lees, JM and Morley, C (2015) Impact of material deterioration on the strength of reinforced concrete half-joint structures. In: UNSPECIFIED pp. 138-145..

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During the 1960's and 1970's a number of reinforced concrete (RC) bridges were constructed with 'half-joints' introduced into bridge decks. A half-joint is a particular type of RC structure that was introduced into bridge decks as a means of simplifying the design and construction operations. However, a major disadvantage is that there are problems associated with leakage of water through the joint leading to concrete deterioration and corrosion of the reinforcement. When assessing the integrity of existing half-joint structures, determining the influence of material deterioration and/or repair works is a challenge as current code provisions or guidelines do not provide guidance on how to take any associated strength losses into consideration. This paper focusses on the impact of changes in the material properties (such as compressive strength, yield strength of the reinforcement, reinforcement bar diameter, etc.) on the load bearing capacity of reinforced half-joint structures. The vulnerability of a typical half-joint design to these changes is analysed using finite element models. The results allow designers, assessors and decision makers to better quantify the impact of observed deterioration phenomena on the predicted strength of the studied half-joint.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions: Div D > Structures
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:27
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 07:29