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Strengthening of Concrete Structures with Adhesively Bonded Reinforcement
For many years, the themes chosen have been handled in such a method that, on the one hand, the reader will get background data and, on the opposite, turns into acquainted with the sensible expertise, strategies and guidelines wanted to place this information into observe. For practising engineers, that is an optimum mixture. So as to discover ample options for the broad scope of on a regular basis or particular issues, engineering observe requires data of the principles and suggestions in addition to an understanding of the theories or assumptions behind them. In the course of the historical past of the Concrete Yearbook, an fascinating growth has taken place. Within the early editions, themes of curiosity had been chosen on an advert hoc foundation. In the meantime, nonetheless, the constructing business has gone via a exceptional evolution.
Whereas previously consideration centered predominantly on issues regarding structural security and serviceability, these days there’s an rising consciousness of our accountability with regard to society in a broader sense. That is mirrored, for instance, within the want to keep away from issues associated to the restricted sturdiness of constructions. Costly repairs to constructions have been, and sadly nonetheless are, crucial as a result of previously our consciousness of the deterioration processes affecting concrete and reinforcing metal was insufficient. Due to this fact, structural design ought to now deal with constructing constructions with enough reliability and serviceability for a specified interval of time, with out substantial upkeep prices. Furthermore, we’re confronted by a legacy of older constructions that should be assessed with regard to their suitability to hold safely the elevated hundreds usually utilized to them at the moment.
On this respect, a number of points of structural engineering must be thought-about in an interrelated method, similar to danger, performance, serviceability, deterioration processes, strengthening strategies, monitoring, dismantlement, adaptability and recycling of constructions and structural supplies plus the introduction of fashionable highperformance supplies. The importance of sustainability has additionally been acknowledged. This should be added to the attention that design ought to focus not simply on particular person constructions and their service lives, however on their operate in a wider context as properly, i.e. concord with their atmosphere, acceptance by society, accountable use of sources, low vitality consumption and economic system. Building processes should additionally grow to be cleaner, trigger much less environmental affect and air pollution.
The editors of the Concrete Yearbook have clearly acknowledged these and different tendencies and now provide a variety of coherent topics that reside beneath the widespread “umbrella” of a broader societal growth of nice relevance. So as to have the ability to cope with the corresponding challenges, the reader can discover data on progress in know-how, theoretical strategies, new analysis findings, new concepts on design and development, developments in manufacturing and evaluation and conservation methods. The present choice of matters and the way in which they’re handled makes the Concrete Yearbook a splendid alternative for engineers to seek out out about and keep abreast of developments in engineering data, sensible expertise and ideas within the discipline of the design of concrete constructions on a world degree.
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