Probabilistic and predictive performance-based approach for assessing reinforced concrete structures lifetime: The applet project
1 Ministry of Ecology, Energy and Sustainable development, DRI, Tour Voltaire, 92055 La Défense, France
2 University Paris-Est, LCPC, 58 Bd. Lefebvre, 75732 Paris Cedex, France
3 UniverSud Paris, LMT, ENS Cachan, 61 avenue du Pr. Wilson, 94235 Cachan Cedex, France
4 CEA Saclay, DEN/DANS/DPC/SCCME/LECBA, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France
Concrete deterioration results in different damage extents, from cracking to concrete spalling, from losses of reinforcement cross-sections to bond losses. A relevant prediction of this performance is the basis for a successful management of the concrete structures. Conversely, the large amount of uncertainties related to parameters and models require a specific analysis in order to provide relevant results. The APPLET project intends to develop a probabilistic and predictive performance-based approach by quantifying the various sources of variability (material and structure), studying the interaction between environmental aggressive agents and the concrete material, ensuring a transfer of the physical-chemical models at the material scale towards models at the structure level, including and understanding in a better manner the corrosion process, integrating interface models between reinforcement and concrete, proposing relevant numerical models, integrating know-how from monitoring or inspection. To provide answers, a consortium of 19 partners has been established and has promoted a research project funded by the French Research Science Agency (ANR). Started in May 2007, the project has ended in November 2010. This paper will resume the most significant advances targeted by this research project.
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