Multi-Physics and Multi-Scale Deterioration Modelling of Reinforced Concrete

Alexander Michel, Henrik Stang, M. Lepech, Mette Rica Geiker

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Deterioration of reinforced concrete infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels, and buildings represents one of the major challenges currently facing developed countries. While engineering tools and methods for structural modelling and design of new reinforced concrete infrastructure are mature, methods and tools for modelling decades-long deterioration and maintenance are much less developed. In this paper, a multi-physics and multi-scale modelling approach for structural deterioration of reinforced concrete components due to reinforcement corrosion is presented. The multi-disciplinary modelling approach includes physical, chemical, electrochemical, and fracture mechanical processes at the material and meso-scale, which are further coupled with mechanical deterioration processes at the structural scale.
Original languageEnglish
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Pages (from-to)13-16
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Multi-Scale
  • Concrete Deterioration
  • Multi-Physics
  • Service Life Modelling


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