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Continuous Preventive Bridge Maintenance in Sweden – Field Experiment on the Effect of Washing on Concrete Bridges
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KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Concrete Structures.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1526-9331
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2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the fib Symposium 2019: Concrete - Innovations in Materials, Design and Structures, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Bridges are an important part of the infrastructure. For the bridges to have the longest possible service life with minimum repairs, the maintenance is of great importance. One type of bridge maintenance that is rarely researched is the continuous preventive maintenance. The continuous preventive maintenance consists of removal of vegetation, cleaning of bridge joints and drainage systems as well as high-pressure washing of the structure. The effects of washing is heavily discussed but not properly researched. A study on the effectiveness of washing concrete is therefore being conducted. A field experiment has been initiated where concrete specimens are installed on an edge beam of a road bridge. The specimens are of two recipes where one represents an old bridge with rather high water-cement ratio and the other one represents a new bridge with a low water-cement ratio. 50% of the specimens are washed annually, while the others are not. Each year samples are collected and tested for a chloride profile. The results for the first year of exposure have been determined. They are promising but are still only very preliminary. The effect of washing, if any, will be visible after a longer exposure.

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Bridge maintenance; Field experiment; Preventive maintenance; Washing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-261189Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85066104402OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-261189DiVA, id: diva2:1357008
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fib symposium, Krakow, 2019
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