Probabilistic Design for the Durability of Reinforced Concrete Structural Elements Exposed to Chloride Containing Environments

Sengul O.

TEKNIK DERGI, vol.22, no.2, pp.5409-5423, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Name: TEKNIK DERGI
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.5409-5423
  • Keywords: Durability based design, Monte-Carlo analysis, chloride effect, corrosion, probability, CORROSION, PENETRATION, STEEL, TIME
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Durability design methods should be carried out in order to obtain long service lives for the structures in chloride containing environments. In such a design, chloride diffusion must be expressed as a mathematical model. The parameters should be determined in a realistic manner and included in this model. The scatter both in the environmental exposure conditions and structural properties should be considered with a probabilistic design. The main objective of this study is the durability design of concrete structures in chloride containing environments. The transport of chlorides into concrete was modeled using Fick's second law of diffusion and a simple software based on Monte Carlo simulation was developed to consider the scatter in the environmental exposure conditions and structural properties. The effects of some important structural parameters affecting durability were investigated.