Concrete in the Service of Mankind Appropriate concrete by Michael J. McCarthy, Ravindra Dhir, Michael McCarthy

By Michael J. McCarthy, Ravindra Dhir, Michael McCarthy

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The survey was carried out on several of Dublin’s busy streets and a total of 117 people were asked a series of questions. Perhaps a more widespread and more representative survey of people’s attitudes to concrete could be undertaken at some higher level. For example, an organisation such as one of the Concrete Societies of these islands, or the BCA, the Institute of Concrete Technology, the Irish Concrete Federation, etc. could undertake such a survey. The various concrete research centres and departments of civil engineering in the Universities and Colleges of Technology of these islands could also be enlisted to help.

Appropriate concrete technology 12 2. It is important that all possible aggressive actions are identified and treated. Some, such as sulfate attack or abrasion can be dealt with purely by a recipe approach. However, others, such as corrosion and freeze-thaw, may produce synergetic effects. 3. Conventional structural design is on a semi-probabilistic basis. This suggests that durability design should be on the same basis; however, support should also be provided by Risk Analysis. REFERENCES 1. SOMERVILLE G.

2. CONCRETE BRIDGE DEVELOPMENT GROUP. Proceedings of a 1-day seminar on ‘Whole Life Costing—Concrete Bridges’, 25 April 1995, the Concrete Bridge Development Group, Crowthorne, Berks. 3. C. The structural engineer in context. The Structural Engineer Vol. 62A, N°11, November 1984, pp 335–342, The Institution of Structural Engineers, London. 4. J. Performance of concrete in bridges: a survey of 200 highway bridges. Maunsell & Partners, HMSO, London, April 1989. 5. H. Building performance and cost-in-use.

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