Durability of concrete structures

This technical area has been identified as being of significance, given the rapid growth of the Chinese construction industry and related problems linked to premature durability failures. This issue is well documented in the literature and corroborated by research undertaken by Queen’s University students linked to phase one of this PMI2 project. Business activity linked to structural performance, durability and repair is predicted to be a significant growth area in the next 5-10 years in China, which is investing heavily in the rapid development of its infrastructure.

Due to pressures such as timetabling constraints, insignificant emphasis is placed on this key topic in UK and Chinese universities, with practically no input from or engagement with industry stakeholders.

In response to this, provided below is an 11 lecture series on the topic.

All lectures are delivered by internationally recognised experts and the aim is to provide students with a greater understanding of core issues, an improved awareness of the related market opportunities and industry players. In this way, the goal is to positively impact students' awareness of international construction trends and employability prospects.

TECHNICAL LECTURE SERIES

Theme 1 - Sustainable development

Lecture 1: Delivering sustainable development in construction
Professor Roger Venables, Crane Environmental and Visiting Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development, Queen’s University Belfast
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Theme 2 - Causes of durability failure & its management

Lecture 2: Physical and chemical mechanisms leading to deterioration
Professor Michael Grantham, Consultant Sandberg LLP
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Lecture 3: Experience of identifying and managing deterioration of concrete structures in the UK
Professor Peter Robery, Halcrow Group Ltd., Visiting Professor, Queen’s University Belfast and Leeds University
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Theme 3 - Performance assessment

Lecture 4: Stress wave methods for flaw detection in concrete structures
Dr. Nicholas Carino, Concrete Technology Consultant (formerly with NIST)
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Lecture 5: Methods for assessing the corrosion of concrete structures
Professor Michael Grantham, Consultant Sandberg LLP
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Lecture 6: On site assessment of concrete strength, sorptivity, permeability and diffusivity
Dr. Sreejith Nanukuttan, School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast
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Lecture 7: Methods for assessing in-situ strength
Professor Michael Grantham, Consultant Sandberg LLP
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Theme 4 - Repair & maintenance

Lecture 8: Repair and maintenance methods
Professor Michael Grantham, Consultant Sandberg LLP
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Theme 5 - Durability prediction & monitoring

Lecture 9: Use of mathematical models for predicting the service life of concrete structures
Professor Luping Tang, Chalmers Institute of Technology
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Lecture 10: Use of electrical response techniques to monitor in situ concrete performance
Professor John McCarter, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University
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Lecture 11: Use of fibre optic technology to monitor in situ concrete performance
Professor Muhammed Basheer, School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast
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