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Tarighat A. Stochastic modeling and calibration of chloride content profile in concrete based on limited available data. IJCE. 2012; 10 (4) :309-316
URL: http://ijce.iust.ac.ir/article-1-621-en.html

Abstract:   (4060 Views)

Chloride ion ingress in concrete is the main reason of concrete corrosion. In real world both uncertainty and stochasticity are

main attributes of almost all measurements including testing and modeling of chloride content profile in concrete. Regarding

these facts new models should be able to represent at least some of the uncertainties in the predictions. In this paper after

inspiration from classical physics related to diffusion and random walk concepts a stochastic partial differential equation (SPDE)

of diffusion is introduced to show a more realistic modeling/calibration scheme for construction of stochastic chloride content

profile in concrete. Diffusion SPDE provides a consistent quantitative way of relating uncertainty in inputs to uncertainty in

outputs. Although it is possible to run sensitivity analysis to get some statistical results from deterministic models but the nature

of diffusion is inherently stochastic. Brownian motion process (Wiener process) is used in SPDE to simulate the random nature

of the diffusion in heterogeneous media or random fields like concrete. The proposed method can be used to calibrate/model the

chloride ion profile in concrete by only some limited data for a given depth. Then the stochastic chloride ion diffusion can be

simulated by langevin equation. Results of the method are compared with data from some references and all show good


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Type of Study: Research Paper | Subject: Structure- Concrete

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