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Durability design criteria andpermeability tests – An internationaloverview

CPI series on durability test procedures for hardened concrete – part 2/3


In recent years, concrete durability issues have gained importance throughout the world. Reinforced concrete deterioration is commonly related to the adequacy of the protection to steel offered by the concrete cover layer, which is subjected to the action of aggressive agents from the surrounding environment. A number of test methods for the quality assessment of hardened concrete cover have been developed world-wide. In future, these methods will increasingly be used for design and quality assurance of concrete and concrete structures. In a series of 3 papers, CPI is discussing current international developments and accepted test procedures. Part 2 of this series concerns durability specifications in general and methods for the assessment of concrete permeability.

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Dr. Hans-Dieter Beushausen
University of Cape Town
Dept. of Civil Engineering
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CPi worldwide journals are trade journals for the concrete and precast concrete industry that are published in 10 different language editions in more than 170 countries. These trade journals, with their practical editorial reporting on research, production and applications, are specifically addressing the decision makers of the concrete and precast concrete industry.

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