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Overview of the development of service life design for concrete structures

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Author: Siemes, A.J.M.
Institution: TNO Bouw
Source:9th International Conference on Durability of Building Materials and Components (9DBMC), Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia, 17-20 March (Volume 3), 1-9
Identifier: 330158
ISBN: 0-643-06827-9
Keywords: Architecture and Building · Concrete · Durability · Service life design · Performance


After the introduction of reinforced concrete it was believed that the material was extremely durable. Soon it was found that reinforced concrete could have serious durability problems and that special care should be taken to avoid them. Durability became a design issue.