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Reinforced Concrete Structural Reliability

1st Edition

By Mohamed Abdallah El-Reedy, Ph.D

CRC Press

376 pages | 138 B/W Illus.

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Structural engineers must focus on a structure’s continued safety throughout its service life. Reinforced Concrete Structural Reliability covers the methods that enable engineers to keep structures reliable during all project phases, and presents a practical exploration of up-to-date techniques for predicting the lifetime of a structure. The book also helps readers understand where the safety factors used come from and addresses the problems that arise from deviation from these factors. It also examines the question of what code is best to follow for a specific project: the American code, the British Standard, the Eurocode, or other local codes.

The author devotes an entire chapter to practical statistics methods and probability theory used in structural and civil engineering, both important for calculating the probability of structural failure (reliability analysis). The text addresses the effects of time, environmental conditions, and loads to assess consequences on older structures as well as to calculate the probability of failure. It also presents the effects of steel bar corrosion and column corrosion, and precautions to consider along with guides for design.

This book offers guidelines and tools to evaluate existing as well as new structures, providing all available methods and tests for assessing structures, including visual inspection and nondestructive testing for concrete strength. It also presents techniques for predicting the remaining service life of a structure, which can be used to determine whether to perform repairs or take other action. This practical guide helps readers to differentiate between and understand the philosophy of the various codes and standards, enabling them to work anywhere in the world. It will aid engineers at all levels working on projects from the design to the maintenance phase, increasing their grasp of structure behavior, codes and factors, and predicting service life.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Reliability


Load Variables

Resistance Variables

Previous Work on Nonbasic Variables

Available Methods for Calculation of Reliability

Applications on Structural Reliability


Main Statistics in Structure Engineering


Data Analysis

Probability Distribution of Variables

Distribution for Uncertainty Parameters

Regression Analysis

Choose the Appropriate Probability Distribution


Reliability-Based Design in Structural Buildings


Concrete Design Mix

Variation in Curing Process

Variation in Concrete Strength

Uncertainty in Concrete Dimensions

Variation on Bridge Strength

Comparison between Calculations of Resistance for

The Probability of Structure Failure

Monte Carlo Simulation Technique

Reliability in EC Code


Further Readings

Load Statistics on Buildings


Dead Load

Live Load Characteristics

Live Loads in Different Codes

Delphi Method


Wind Load Statistics

Earthquake Load

Loads Calculation Probabilistic


Reliability of Reinforced Concrete Structures


Reliability of Reinforced Concrete Columns

Calculation of the Straining Actions at the Column Base

Ultimate Strength of Reinforced Concrete Columns

Limit State Equation and Reliability Analysis

Parameters and Methodology

Application for a Building

Effect of Column Location

Reliability of Flexural Members

Seismic Reliability Analysis of Structures



Reliability of Concrete Structures Exposed to Corrosion


Effect of Age on Strength of Concrete

Corrosion of Steel in Concrete

Parametric Study for Concrete Columns

Effect of Corrosion on the Girder

Recommendation for Durable Design


Assessment for Concrete Structures


Concrete Structure Inspection

Design and Structural Loading Considerations

Interaction of Structural Load and Environmental Effects

Construction Affecting Service Life

Condition Assessment and Remaining Service Life

Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Aging or Degradation Effects

Nondestructive Test Methods

Test Methods of Corroded Steel in Concrete

Sources of Concrete Failure

Structure Assessment


Predicting Service Lifetime


Structure Evaluation

Approaches for Predicting Service Life of New Concrete

Stochastic Methods

Prediction of Remaining Service Life

Predictions Based on Extrapolations

Designing for Durability

Service Life Prediction and Lifetime Safety Factor


Further Readings

About the Author

Mohamed A. El-Reedy, Ph.D., has a background in structural engineering, with a main area of research interest in reliability of concrete and steel structures. Dr. El-Reedy provides different concrete and steel structure design packages for residential buildings, warehouses, and telecommunication towers and electrical projects to WorleyParsons/Egypt. He has consulted with and trained executives at many organizations and has taught technical courses in repair and maintenance for reinforced concrete structures and the advanced materials in the concrete industry worldwide. Dr. El-Reedy has written numerous publications and presented many papers at local and international conferences. He has also authored four books about advanced materials and techniques in reinforced concrete structures; assessment and repair of steel reinforcement in concrete structures; design, construction, and maintenance of industrial structures; and construction management of industrial projects.

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TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General