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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 9/10
PROCEEDINGS OF THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper VI.4

Life-Cycle Studies of a Concrete Structure using Simulation on a Microcomputer

S. Gowripalan, J. Shakil and G. Singh

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, England

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
S. Gowripalan, J. Shakil, G. Singh, "Life-Cycle Studies of a Concrete Structure using Simulation on a Microcomputer", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 209-215, 1989. doi:10.4203/ccp.9.6.4
Abstract
This paper describes a means of exploiting the combination of microcomputers and Monte Carlo simulation to perform a systematic life-expectancy and financial analysis. The use of the program 'Venturer', is illustrated using an example of a footbridge. The service life of the structure is modelled using the times taken for carbonation and visible corrosion. The possible prolongation of the life expectancy due to the application of a coating is considered. The results of sensitivity analyses which indicate the relative importance of the factors considered are also shown.

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