Chapter 10. Durability of concrete

It is essential that every concrete structure should continue to perform its intended functions, that is maintain its required strength and serviceability, during the specified or traditionally expected service life. It follows that concrete must be able to withstand the processes of deterioration to which it can be expected to be exposed. Such concrete is said to be durable.

It is worth adding that durability does not mean an indefinite life, nor does it mean withstanding any action on concrete. Moreover, it is nowadays realized, although it was not so in the past, that, in many situations, routine maintenance of concrete is required;10.68 an example of maintenance procedures is given by Carter.10.72

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