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Sensitivity analysis of model parameters for corrosion initiation and implications on design

Author(s): R. M. Ferreira
Paper category: Workshop
Book title: International RILEM Workshop on Integral Service Life Modelling of Concrete Structures
Editor(s): R.M. Ferreira, J. Gulikers, C. Andrade
Print ISBN: 978-2-35158-058-5
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-090-5
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Pages: 205 - 214
Total Pages: 10
Language: English

This paper presents a sensitivity analysis of the parameters of the model presented by the fib - Model Code for Service Life Design for corrosion initiation due to chloride penetration. In order to adequately apply probabilistic models, a basic understanding of the model and the parameters used and the impact input values for the model parameters have on the outcome is necessary. An erroneous parameter value selection has consequences that are not always appreciated.
A sensitivity analysis of the main model parameters was performed by analysing the model’s outcome. The parameter’s average value was varied in a range of 20% with respect to the reference average value, whereas keeping the standard deviation constant.
The results of the sensitivity analysis show that the reinforcement concrete cover and the ageing exponent of the chloride migration coefficient parameters are those that most influence the outcome of the model and therefore the durability performance of the concrete structure. The least influential model parameters, contrary to what might be expected, are Ccrit and CS,Δx. Furthermore, the importance of environmental temperature on the outcome is noted.
The choice of model parameter value is a critical one. Due to the uncertainty of current knowledge with regard to certain parameters caution should be exercised in the use of these models.

Online publication: 2013
Publication Type: full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00

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