This paper numerically investigates the effect of post-tension interventions to strengthen the deteriorated half-joints of the Musmeci Bridge in Potenza (Italy), with the primary objective of increasing the ultimate load-bearing capacity and monitoring the secondary effects in terms of preventing or limiting cracking patterns. Bearing this in mind, the study aims to investigate the role of the reinforcement detailing, of the post-tension stress and of the corroding time in the presence of chlorides, outlining the intervention ability to improve the structure's durability. To this end, nonlinear finite element models are provided with chloride ions diffusion analysis to investigate corrosion initiation and progress in reinforced concrete elements and account for deterioration due to two scenarios (45 and 95 years). Results show the significant impact of reinforcement layout as the presence of inclined bars increases the ultimate load by about 86 %. The ultimate load improvement is in the range 50–55 % when the intervention is carried out after 45 years while it is equal to about 30–35 % if a period of 95 years is last since the construction. This latter highlights the significant influence of the intervention timeliness on structural durability.

Durability enhancement of half-joints in RC bridges through external prestressed tendons: The Musmeci Bridge's case study

Santarsiero G.
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Picciano V.
2023-01-01

Abstract

This paper numerically investigates the effect of post-tension interventions to strengthen the deteriorated half-joints of the Musmeci Bridge in Potenza (Italy), with the primary objective of increasing the ultimate load-bearing capacity and monitoring the secondary effects in terms of preventing or limiting cracking patterns. Bearing this in mind, the study aims to investigate the role of the reinforcement detailing, of the post-tension stress and of the corroding time in the presence of chlorides, outlining the intervention ability to improve the structure's durability. To this end, nonlinear finite element models are provided with chloride ions diffusion analysis to investigate corrosion initiation and progress in reinforced concrete elements and account for deterioration due to two scenarios (45 and 95 years). Results show the significant impact of reinforcement layout as the presence of inclined bars increases the ultimate load by about 86 %. The ultimate load improvement is in the range 50–55 % when the intervention is carried out after 45 years while it is equal to about 30–35 % if a period of 95 years is last since the construction. This latter highlights the significant influence of the intervention timeliness on structural durability.
2023
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