Performance of Concrete Structures in Industrial Environment

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Title: Performance of Concrete Structures in Industrial Environment

Author(s): A. K. Mullick, C. Rajikumar, and N. K. Jain

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 126

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 577-598

Keywords: beams (supports); cement; chemical analysis; chemical attack; columns; concrete; corrosion; cracking (fracturing); industrial buildings; differential thermal analysis; durability; nondestructive tests; paints; reinforced concrete; slabs; specifications; s

Date: 8/1/1991

Abstract:
The task of providing durable concrete for the construction of industrial structures is complex, not only because the service environment, which is man-made, varies from one industry to another, but quite often because of a combination of a large number of causative, promoting, and accelerating factors. Results of a condition survey conducted on a large number of concrete structures in chemical, fertilizer, and petrochemical industries in India are presented. A multidisciplinary approach to investigating the causes of deterioration involving laboratory and in situ tests, is described, with the help of care studies. Since no specific guidance is available in the relevant codes of practice, a broad classification both in terms of the mechanism and kinetics of deterioration is suggested for such created environments for the design and construction specifications of concrete structures. Methods of protection through structural detailing, workmanship, and materials technology are also outlined.