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Title: Probabilistic Analysis of the Durability of Piles with Microcracks Under Chloride Attack

Author(s): Wei Shao, Danda Shi

Publication: IJCSM

Volume: 15


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Keywords: probabilistic analysis, durability life, piles, microcracks, chloride attack

DOI: 10.1186/s40069-021-00478-5

Date: 11/30/2021

A probabilistic analysis approach for estimating the durability of piles with microcracks under chloride attack is presented. The chloride ingress model is obtained by considering the time-dependent diffusion process. The equivalent diffusion coefficient is derived to investigate the crack effect by introducing the crack effect factor. The fitting formula between the chloride diffusion coefficients and crack widths is established through experimental results, and the proposed equivalent diffusion coefficient is verified by comparison with the experimental results. The probabilistic evaluation of durability of piles with microcracks is performed, and then the parametric analysis is performed to study the effect of main parameters on the failure probability and durability life. The results indicate that the chloride concentration increases rapidly as the crack width increases at the same number of cracks. The durability life greatly reduces with increasing crack density of pile. The durability life predicted by probabilistic method is always less than those by deterministic method at the same condition. The deterministic approach may underestimate the threat of reinforcement corrosion induced by chloride attack, owing to the omission of probabilistic nature of main influencing parameters.