Life-cycle reliability assessment of reinforced concrete bridges under multiple hazards

Thanapol Yanweerasak, Withit Pansuk, Mitsuyoshi Akiyama*, Dan M. Frangopol



21 被引用数 (Scopus)


This paper proposes a novel probabilistic methodology for estimating the life-cycle reliability of existing reinforced concrete (RC) bridges under multiple hazards. The life-cycle reliability of an RC bridge pier under seismic and airborne chloride hazards is compared to that of a bridge girder under traffic and airborne chloride hazards. When conducting a life-cycle reliability assessment of existing RC bridges, observational data from inspections can provide the corrosion level in reinforcement steel. Random variables related with the prediction of time-variant steel weight loss can be updated based on the inspection results using Sequential Monte Carlo Simulation (SMCS). This paper presents a novel procedure for identifying the hazards that most threaten the structural safety of existing RC bridges, as well as the structural components with the lowest reliability when these bridges are exposed to multiple hazards. The proposed approach, using inspection results associated with steel weight loss, provides a rational reliability assessment framework that allows comparison between the life-cycle reliabilities of bridge components under multiple hazards, helping the prioritisation of maintenance actions. The effect of the number of inspection locations on the updated reliability is considered by incorporating the spatial steel corrosion distribution. An illustrative example is provided of applying the proposed life-cyle reliability assessment to a hypothetical RC bridge under multiple hazards.

ジャーナルStructure and Infrastructure Engineering
出版ステータスPublished - 2018 7 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 土木構造工学
  • 建築および建設
  • 安全性、リスク、信頼性、品質管理
  • 地盤工学および土木地質学
  • 海洋工学
  • 機械工学


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