Life-cycle reliability of concrete bridges in an earthquake prone region and aggressive environment

Shigeru Takakuma, Mitsuyoshi Akiyama

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    Over the last two decades, the probabilistic assessment of reinforced concrete (RC) structures under seismic hazard has been developed rapidly. However, little attention has been devoted to the assessment of the seismic reliability of corroded structures. This paper presents a framework for computing the time-dependent seismic reliability of concrete bridges in an earthquake prone region and a marine environment. It includes: (a) estimate of seismic capacity of corroded RC components; (b) seismic and airborne chloride hazard assessment; and (c) seismic reliability of bridges with corrosion damage. The effects of seismic hazard, hazard associated with airborne chloride, and spatial distribution of steel corrosion on the time-dependent seismic reliability are investigated in this paper. The findings show that the time-dependent reliability of concrete bridge depends on both the seismic and airborne chloride hazards, and that the spatial distribution of steel corrosion has to be taken into consideration in the seismic reliability analysis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere080
    JournalSustainable Construction Materials and Technologies
    Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1
    Event3rd International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies, SCMT 2013 - Kyoto, Japan
    Duration: 2013 Aug 182013 Aug 21



    • Airborne Chloride
    • Concrete Structures
    • Reliability
    • Seismic Hazard
    • Spatial Distribution of Corrosion

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Building and Construction
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Materials Science(all)

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