Durability of Bridges and Structures

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This one day classroom course reviews the factors controlling the durability and long-term behaviour of steel and concrete, and their combination as reinforced and prestressed concrete. The durability of polymers and polymer composites is also considered in relation to their use as protective layers and as repair materials.

The course uses a number of case studies of structures showing either good or poor durability to allow the material presented to be placed within its engineering context. The course will also consider the common types of deterioration/defects observed in bridges and other structures and reviews some of the available testing and repair techniques that might be applied to help manage such assets over time.

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Our new Bridge Management and Durability of Bridges and Structures courses will give you an overview of different types of bridge inspections and how the collected data is linked with Bridge Management decisions. Our courses also cover deterioration and defects on concrete and steel bridges and their causes and will give you an overview of a number of repair and testing techniques that are available.

 

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Programme Overview
This one day classroom course reviews the factors controlling the durability and long-term behaviour of steel and concrete, and their combination as reinforced and prestressed concrete. The durability of polymers and polymer composites is also considered in relation to their use as protective layers and as repair materials.

The course uses a number of case studies of structures showing either good or poor durability to allow the material presented to be placed within its engineering context. The course will also consider the common types of deterioration/defects observed in bridges and other structures and reviews some of the available testing and repair techniques that might be applied to help manage such assets over time.
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Dr Mike Mulheron

BSc, PhD, AUS

Mike is a Reader in Construction Materials within the Department Civil and Environmental Engineering where he teaches a specialist MSc module on the Durability of Bridges and Structures. He previously worked as a Principal Engineer for Gifford and Partners where he was responsible for the Special Inspection of prestressed concrete bridge structures and the assessment and monitoring of concrete infrastructure. As a consequence he has practical experience of the assessment methods that are applied to concrete structures. His research has included covered the development of non-destructive methods for the assessment of reinforced concrete that were funded by both a Royal Society Brian Mercer award and subsequent EPSRC funding. This work has led to a prototype NMR device that is currently being used to assess moisture and moisture movements within the cover of concrete slabs during both their early-age curing and following environmental exposure. Over the past decade he has also received funding from industry to investigate the failure of structures subject to extreme environments. He has published more than 40 papers in the area of construction materials that mostly focus on durability issues and is currently supervising four EngD students supported by the SEES and MinMat EPSRC funded Doctoral training centres at the University of Surrey.

Learning Objectives
The objectives of this course are:
  • Review the processes leading to the deterioration of construction materials and how they can lead to failure of bridges and other structures.
  • Describe the methods for testing, monitoring and assessing the condition of concrete and steel structures and the components from which they are constructed.
  • Consider available invasive and non-invasive repair methods and their relative merits when applied to degraded structures within specific exposures
Who Should Attend?
  • Civil Engineers
  • Bridge Engineers
  • Structural Engineers
  • All those looking to improve their bridge analysis skills
  • Consultants
  • Specialist Constructors

 

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