The software calculates the lifetime of the bridge
When knowledge of mathematics, computer science, structural mechanics and materials engineering come together, designers and experts get software that calculates how long a 1932 bridge will last or helps design and plan maintenance of a new structure to make it economical and safe for as long as possible.
Scientists from the Institute of Structural Mechanics at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Brno University of Technology have developed a tool to calculate the reliability, load-bearing capacity and service life of reinforced concrete bridge structures. Predict-C uses the so-called semi-probabilistic method, assesses the ultimate and serviceability limit states, and also takes into account the effect of concrete degradation and reinforcement corrosion. All this is integrated into a user-friendly program environment where designers can easily simulate the evolution of the load-bearing capacity and reliability of structures over time and design them in a safer and economically rational way.
Calculating the reliability and durability of reinforced concrete structures as accurately as possible is also crucial when planning structural renovations. Large bridges or stadiums must above all be safe for users, therefore Predikt-C works with the valid building standards. It refines the calculation models using data from real measurements on site. During the development process, the researchers continuously verified the accuracy of the results obtained on selected examples of bridges of different sizes, types and ages.
The software was developed in cooperation with MORAVIA CONSULT Olomouc a.s. within the EPSILON programme for the support of applied research and experimental development funded by Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. The research team continues the development. Gradually, the model will include calculations for other areas, such as the effect of chloride ions that penetrate structures during the winter salting of roads.
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|Mgr. Almíra Pitronová