Infrastructure in aggresive environments (Current project)
The objective of this current project is to develop a tool that will assist in the interpretation of the symptoms of degradation of concrete structures, estimate residual service life and recommend suitable and cost effective remedial action. The study will focus on structures in aggressive environments and estimation of residual life will be based on a probabilistic methodology.
In developing the tool, significant advancement of knowledge will occur through establishing a knowledge-based system to support maintenance inspections and diagnosis of observed signs of deterioration of concrete structures. Evaluation of the residual capacity and performance curves of a given structure using a probabilistic methodology will be innovative in the context of structures exposed to aggressive environments, defined as any environment which will shorten the expected service life of a structure.