Assessment of prestressed concrete bridges-challenges
Paper in proceedings, 2020

Prestressed concrete bridges are important parts of our infrastructure. They are susceptible to different kinds of deterioration processes. Examples of damages and deficiencies are cracking, corrosion, voids, bond loss, reduction of cover layer, delamination, fatigue and loss of stiffness and strength. This necessitates methods to continuously assess their condition in order to avoid problems that might lead to shorter service life or reduction of structural integrity. Many of the existing prestressed bridges in Europe are now approaching their design life length. However, with proper and continuous inspection, monitoring and assessment, we may plan proactive maintenance and the structural safety can be assured or-if necessary-increased. This will save both money and decrease the environmental impact of the structure.








Prestressed concrete bridges



B. Täljsten

Luleå University of Technology

Björn Paulsson

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Dynamics

Cosmin Popescu

Luleå University of Technology

Niklas Bagge

Luleå University of Technology

R. Nilforoush

Swedish Transport Administration

M. Emborg

Research Coordinator

Th Blanksvärd

WSP Group

G. Sas

Luleå University of Technology

Lennart Elfgren

Luleå University of Technology

IABSE Symposium, Wroclaw 2020: Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering - History and Challenges, Report


1st IABSE Online Symposium Wroclaw 2020: Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering - History and Challenges
Wroclaw, Poland,

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