2nd Edition

Fundamentals of Durable Reinforced Concrete

By Mark G. Richardson Copyright 2024
    406 Pages 97 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This new edition sets out the fundamental aspects of concrete durability with an emphasis on sustainability and carbon neutrality through performance-based methodologies. Global approaches to managing durability are explained from both a prescriptive and performance viewpoint. Achieving a balance between the interactive factors influencing durability and sustainability is supported by an explanation of the physical and chemical phenomena at play, determination of key performance parameters by mathematical modelling and physical testing, and current guidance for good practice. New chapters and sections examine the holistic approach to durability and significant aspects of traditional and new cementitious systems. The full range of threats to durability are covered in this single volume, including reinforcement corrosion, carbonation, chloride ingress, freeze-thaw effects, sulfate attack, acid and seawater attack, alkali-aggregate reaction, cracking, abrasion, erosion, cavitation, and weathering.

    The book presents a framework for specification through internationally adopted codes and standards and summarises the background to probabilistic approaches to durability design, providing a state-of-the-art review of mathematical modelling of deterioration mechanisms along with current directions in test methods for performance-based specifications.

    Fundamentals of Durable Reinforced Concrete is an essential reference on concrete durability for specifiers and researchers and is also accessible to undergraduate students.

    1. Durable concrete: the why and the how.

    2. The prescriptive approach.

    3. Durability design and the performance route to specification.

    4. Permeability of traditional and innovative concretes.

    5. Corrosion of reinforcement in concrete.

    6. Carbonation.

    7. Chloride ingress.

    8. Freeze-thaw effects.

    9. Chemical attack: sulfates.

    10. Chemical attack: leaching, acid and seawater attack.

    11. Alkali–aggregate reaction.

    12. Cracking in reinforced concrete structures.

    13. Abrasion, erosion and cavitation.

    14. Weathering and efflorescence.


    Mark G. Richardson is Professor Emeritus and formerly Head of the School of Civil Engineering at University College Dublin.