A gamma distributed degradation rate model for reliability analysis of concrete pipes subject to sulphide corrosion

Mahmoodian, Mojtaba and Alani, Amir (2014) A gamma distributed degradation rate model for reliability analysis of concrete pipes subject to sulphide corrosion. International Journal of Reliability and Safety, 8 (1). pp. 19-32.

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Abstract

Ageing and deterioration of structures and infrastructure is one of the main concerns of structural engineers and asset managers for reliability analysis and service life prediction purposes. In order to model monotonic progression of the deterioration process in concrete sewers (i.e., concrete corrosion), the paper proposes a gamma distributed rate model to account for temporal variability associated with the corrosion process in buried concrete sewer pipes that typically increases the probability of failure with the ageing of the pipe. The proposed methodology is used for reliability analysis of concrete sewers in Harrogate in the UK. The results are then verified by a common reliability analysis method (i.e., Monte Carlo simulation). A good agreement between the results from the two methods was concluded. The effectiveness of different basic random variables on the level of reliability is also estimated by a focused sensitivity analysis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: time-dependent reliability analysis; concrete pipes; sulphide corrosion; gamma distributed degradation model; sensitivity analysis; modelling; pipe corrosion; concrete sewers; concrete corrosion; sewer pipes; Monte Carlo simulation; UK; United Kingdom.
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Built environment
Construction and engineering > Civil and environmental engineering
Construction and engineering
Depositing User: Fabio Tosti
Date Deposited: 26 May 2016 12:50
Last Modified: 26 May 2016 12:50
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2170

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