Managing Health & Safety Risks (No. 56): Impact of degradation on the safety of structures

Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel

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1 November 2016

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Managing Health & Safety Risks (No. 56): Impact of degradation on the safety of structures

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Managing Health & Safety Risks (No. 56): Impact of degradation on the safety of structures
Date published

1 November 2016

First published

1 November 2016

Author

The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel

Price

Standard: £9 + VAT
Members/Subscribers: Free

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Structures degrade with time, typically as a result of the environment they are in. That degradation can have safety implications, since strength predictions by calculation are only valid if the assumptions about component size and strength remain constant; in fact, both properties typically reduce with time. Hence, “safe design” demands that attention is paid to durability.

This article provides a brief summary of the impact of the most common forms of degradation on the safety of structures. This is illustrated by examples of where deterioration has caused collapse.

The article ends with a discussion of what structural engineers can do to minimise the risks of deterioration in new structures and the implications for the assessment of degraded structures.

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The Institution of Structural Engineers

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