Neville Centre of Excellence in Cement and Concrete Engineering Autumn 2021 webinar series

Series theme: Achieving low carbon infrastructure

Organised by the Neville Centre of Excellence in Cement and Concrete Engineering in collaboration with the UKCRIC National Centre for Infrastructure Materials and the Materials and Structures Research Group of the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds.

Webinar title

Coupled actions and their effects on the durability of concrete


In the current normative consideration of concrete durability, the external actions are compared with descriptively derived material resistances such as compressive strength, w/c ratio etc. Actions (such as carbonation and chloride ingress) are considered separately. In reality, however, these actions occur in a coupled manner and influence one another. In terms of a performance-based approach for the design of concrete for durability, a dedicated consideration of the coupled actions is required. The presentation will provide some suggestions for discussion.

Dr. Frank Dehn, is university professor for building materials and concrete construction and director of the materials testing and research centre at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He is member of several national and national standardization committees (CEN, DIN) and technical bodies such as RILEM. Frank is presidium member and co-chair of the Technical Council of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) and severs as Associate Editor-in-Chief for the fib journal “Structural Concrete”.

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