Reliability-based condition assessment of a deteriorated concrete bridge

Farzad Ghodoosi, Ashutosh Bagchi, Tarek Zayed, Adel R. Zaki

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In the existing bridge management systems, assessment of the structural behavior is based on the results of visual inspections in which corresponding condition states are assigned to individual elements. In this process, limited attention is given to the correlation between bridge elements from structural perspective. Also, the uncertainty of parameters which affect the structural capacity is ignored. A system reliability-based assessment model is potentially an appropriate replacement for the existing procedures. The aim of this research is to evaluate the system reliability of existing conventional Steel-Reinforced bridge decks over time. The developed method utilizes the reliability theory and evaluates the structural safety for such bridges based on their failure mechanisms. System reliability analysis has been applied to simply-supported concrete bridge superstructures designed according to the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code (CHBDC-S6) and the deterioration pattern is achieved based on the reliability estimates. Finally, the bridge condition index of an old existing bridge in Montreal has been estimated using the developed deterioration pattern. The results obtained from the developed reliability-based deterioration model and from the evaluation done by bridge engineers have been found to be in accordance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-369
Number of pages13
JournalStructural Monitoring and Maintenance
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Bridge
  • Conventional steel-reinforced deck
  • Deterioration
  • Reliability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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