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Performance-Based Durability Engineering

Graduate Researcher(s): 
Madeleine Flint
Faculty Advisor: 
Sarah Billington
Jack Baker

Performance-based durability engineering (PBDE) links environmental conditions to structural deterioration, repair, and impacts such as costs, downtime, and environmental impacts. The framework incorporates uncertainty in all aspects of the analysis, and efficiently combines uncertainty to develop distributions of lifetime decision-making information.

This approach builds upon existing methods for assessing durability and incorporates lessons learned in the development of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center methodology for performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE). It is intended to be a general, flexible, and decision-oriented approach to characterizing structural durability and sustainability.

Current research focuses on framework development and application to the corrosion of reinforcement in coastal concrete structures.