DISCLAIMER: This article is being kept online for historical purposes. Though accurate at last review, it is no longer being updated. The page may contain broken links or outdated information.
Life-cycle analysis of civil structures
Frangopol, Dan M. Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
Liu, Min Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
- Life-cycle analysis
- Time-dependent capacity and loads
- Prediction of lifetime performance
- Bridge management systems
- Life-cycle cost and optimum solution
- Optimization with conflicting objectives
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
In developed countries, sustainable economic growth and social development are intimately linked to the reliability and durability of civil structures such as buildings, bridges, and dams. The intended service lives of civil structures are typically decades or even centuries. During this time, civil structures are possibly exposed to abnormal loads of different types, ranging from natural hazards (such as earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes) to human-made disasters (such as terrorist attacks, fires, or vehicular collisions). At the same time, structural safety and condition undergo gradual deterioration because of material aging, harsh environmental conditions, and increasing loads. This long-term deterioration may not only impair the functionality of civil structures but also undermine their capacity against future extreme loads. The associated social, economic, and political consequences can be enormous and may exert serious, widespread, and prolonged adverse impacts on various societal sectors.
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 10,000 highly qualified scientists and 45 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information