Durability performance tests

Peter A. Claisse*, Alan Richardson, Don Wimpenny

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The tests described in this chapter cover two main areas, namely physical and chemical material tests. This chapter will help the designer and specifier to choose the correct test to determine durability for a given service life, which is related to the expected overall durability of the structure. To build a durable structure that meets the requirements of serviceability, strength and stability throughout its intended working life, without significant loss of utility or excessive maintenance, the concrete must be tested to permit a reasoned choice within the design parameters required or specified. This chapter describes a range of suitable tests to assess aspects affecting the durability of concrete. The tests have been selected with regard to their practical application and direct usefulness in establishing the parameters surrounding aspects of durability. There are various tests for durability because concrete is a complex material with many aspects worthy of testing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICE Handbook of Concrete Durability
Subtitle of host publicationA practical guide to the design of resilient concrete structures
EditorsMarios Soutsos
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780727763761
ISBN (Print)9780727763754
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2023

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