Service-life prediction of concrete bridge decks using case-based reasoning

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Conference6th International Conference on Short and Medium Span Bridges: 31 July 2002, Vancouver, B.C.
Pages769776; # of pages: 8
SubjectBridges; Durability and Service life
AbstractBridge management systems (BMSs) are developed to assist decision-makers in optimizing the allocation of their limited budget on maintenance needs of bridge networks. Reliable deterioration models are essential constituents of BMSs that are used to predict the remaining service life of bridge components. The deterioration models incorporated in the recent BMSs have limitations that can be accepted for the analysis at the network level but not at the component level. Moreover, the current mechanisticdeterioration models developed for the component level analysis are neither versatile nor adequately extensible to predict the service life of a large number of bridge components, or to incorporate additional deterioration parameters. Therefore, an artificial intelligence approach ?Case-Based Reasoning (CBR)? is proposed to develop extensible, reliable, and generic deterioration models for the analysis at the component level. The CBR approach is utilized to predict the time to corrosion initiation of the reinforcing steel inconcrete bridge decks. Data obtained from the Dickson Bridge in Montreal are used to generate the cases that populate the case library of the CBR model by applying the Monte Carlo Simulation techniques. Parameters that significantly affect the deterioration rate of concrete decks, such as the concrete cover thickness, apparent diffusion coefficient, and surface chloride concentration, are considered.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number45661
NPARC number20386423
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