MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 289, 2019Concrete Solutions 2019 – 7th International Conference on Concrete Repair
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||28 August 2019|
Concrete repair challenges in the Middle East
Mott MacDonald, 10 Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6FL, UK
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The root cause analysis, determination of the extent of concrete defects and identification of an appropriate repair strategy can be straightforward, but it also often provides significant challenges to both contractors and engineers. The challenges can be due to a lack of QA/QC documentation, locally available investigation equipment, repair material and techniques and accepting actually feasible solutions.
The paper presents a case study of a bridge in the Middle East where the root cause analysis was found to be straightforward but the determination of the extent of non-visible defects and the implementation of a feasible repair strategy proved to be much more complicated. The root cause analysis of the defects was carried out by visual inspection, representative intrusive investigations and a comprehensive document review. The determination of the extent of the defects using GPR techniques proved to be challenging under the local conditions. Even more difficulties were encountered by implementing the developed repair strategies to address the various defects to ensure that the required 120 years design life in a very aggressive environment can be achieved. Several revisions to the repair strategy were necessary to identify the most appropriate solution and to accelerate the programme.
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