Life-Cycle Management of Bridges Based on Robustness to Deterioration
- Publication no: ABC-IAM103-14
- Published: 22 October 2014
In this paper a framework for assessing the robustness of existing reinforced concrete structures under corrosion is presented. Robustness is defined as a structural property related to the tolerance to damage and is measured by the mean performance considering all possible damage scenarios.The proposed methodology is driven to meet the requirements of the structural maintenance interventions in real life, as it can be used to define the structural types with longer life-cycles (including both deterioration and loading) or, alternatively, those which may present a longer time interval between maintenance/strengthening operations. This is an important issue when dealing with the life-cycle management of existing deteriorated structures. In fact, when facing limited funding for the management of a large stock of bridges, the crucial question is whether postponing a specific repair/strengthening work increases the repair cost disproportionately. First of all, a robustness index based on the deterioration process is proposed and explained. After this, the application to two real bridges shows how this index may help to solve the question and to see which bridges are more sensitive to a postponing of the maintenance works, based on a life-cycle approach.