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Important Questions and Answers: Civil - Maintenance and Repairs Strategies of Structures

Civil - Repair and Rehabilitation of Structures - Maintenance and Repairs Strategies




1. Define Maintenance


Maintenance is the act of keeping something in good condition by checking or repairing it regularly. f


2. Define Repair.


Repair is the process of restoring something that is damaged or deteriorated or broken, to good condition.


3. Define Rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation is the process of returning a building or an area to its previous good conditions.


4. What are the two facets of maintenance?

The two facets of maintenance are





5. What are the causes of deterioration?

Deterioration due to corrosion


Environmental effects


Poor quality material used


Quality of supervision


Design and construction flaws


6. Define physical inspection of damaged structure.


Some of the use full in formation may be obtained from the physical inspection of damaged structure, like nature of distress, type of distress, extent damage and its classification etc, their causes preparing and documenting the damages, collecting the samples for laboratory testing and analysis, planning for in situ testing, special environmental effects which have not been considered at the design stage and information on the loads acting on the existing structure at the time of damage may be, obtained. To stop further damages, preventive measure necessary may be planned which may warrant urgent execution.


7. How deterioration occurs due to corrosion?

Spalling of concrete cover

Cracks parallel to the reinforcement

Spalling at edges

Swelling of concrete


Internal cracking and reduction in area of steel reinforcement.


8. What are the steps in selecting a repair procedure?

Consider total cost

Do repair job in time


If defects are few & isolated repair on an individual basis. Otherwise do in generalized


Ensure the repair prevents further development of defects


In case of lost strength, repairs should restore the strength


If appearance is a problem, the number of applicable types of repairs become limited & the repairs must be covered


Repair works should not interface with facilities of the structure


Take care in addition of section to a member and in restributing live loads and other live load moments. After selecting a suitable method of repairs, and after considering all the ramifications of its application, the last step is to prepare plans & specification and proceed with the work.


9. Discuss about the environment effects which leads to deterioration of concrete structure.


Micro-cracks present in the concrete are the sources of ingress of moistures atmospheric carbon di-oxide into the concrete which attack reinforcement and with various ingredients of concrete. In aggressive environme4nt concrete structure will be severely reduces.


10.            What is the effect of selecting poor quality material for construction?


Quality of materials, to be used in construction, should be ensured by means various tests as specified in the IS codes. Alkali-aggregate reaction and sulphate attack results in early deterioration. Clayey materials in the fine aggregates weaken the mortar aggregate bond and reduce the strength. Salinity causes corrosion of reinforcing bars as well as deterioration of concrete.


11.            How can we determine the cause for deterioration of concrete structure?

Inspect & observe the structure


Observe in bad & good weather


Compare with other constructions on the area or elsewhere & be patient


Study the problem & allow enough time to do the job


12.            What are the factors to be considered by the designer at the construction site.

Minimum and maximum temperatures

Temperature cycles

Exposure to ultra violet radiation

Amount of moisture

Wet/dry cycles

Presence of aggressive chemicals


13.            What are the steps in repair aspect?

finding the deterioration


determining the cause


evaluating the strength of existing building or structure


evaluating the need of repair


Selecting & implementing a repair procedure


14.Define the fixed percentage method of evaluating the strength of existing structure.

It is to assume that all members which have lost less than some predetermined % of their strength are still adequate and that all members which have lost more than the strength are inadequate. It is usually from 15% onwards higher values are applicable for piling % stiffness bearing plates etc.


15.            Discuss about the design and construction errors leading to deterioration of a structure.


Design of concrete structures governs the performance of concrete structures. Well designed and detailed concrete structure will show less deterioration in comparison with poorly designed and detailed concrete, in the similar condition. The beam-column joints are particularly prone to defective concrete, if detailing and placing of reinforcement is not done properly. Inadequate concrete cover may lead to carbonation depth reaching up to the reinforcement, thus, increasing the risk of corrosion of the reinforcement.


16.            Discuss about the quality of supervision to be followed at a site.


Construction work should be carried out as per the laid down specification. Adherence to specified water-cement ratio controls strength, permeability durability of concrete. Insufficient vibration may result in porous and honey combined concrete, whereas excess vibration may cause segregation.


17. What are the possible decisions that can be made after evaluating the strength of a structure?


to permit deterioration to continue .


to make measures to preserve the structure in its present condition without strengthening


to strengthen the construction


if deterioration is exceptionally sever, to reconstruct or possibly abandonit.


18.            How can we evaluate the strength of existing structure by stress analysis?


This method is to make detailed stress analysis of the structure, as it stands including allowances for loss of section where it has occurred. This is more difficult & expensive. Here also the first stop is to make preliminary analysis by fixed percentage method and if it appears that major repairs will be required, the strength is reevaluated based on detailed stress analysis, considering all contributions to such strength.


19. Define the load test method of evaluating the strength of existing structure.


Load tests may be required by the local building offered, but they should only be performed where computation indicated that there is reasonable margin of safety against collapse, lest the test bring the structure sown. Load test show strengths much greater than computed strengths when performed on actual structures. When performed on actual structures. In repair work every little bit of strength is important.


20.            What are the possible decisions after finding a structure to be inadequate?

if the appearance of the existing condition is objectionable - repair now


if appearance is not a problem then

Put the condition under observation to check if it is dormant or progressive.

if dormant - no repair

if progressive - check the feasibility & relative economics of permitting deterioration to continue and performing a repair at some later date & of making the repair right away


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