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Seismic Performance Assessment of Deteriorated TwoSpan Reinforced Concrete Bridges
International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials volume 16, Article number: 4 (2022)
Abstract
This paper presents a nonlinear analysis procedure for the seismic performance assessment of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges using a modified damage index. A finiteelement analysis program, RCAHEST (Reinforced Concrete Analysis in Higher Evaluation System Technology), is used to analyze deteriorated twospan simply supported reinforced concrete bridges. The new nonlinear material models for deteriorated reinforced concrete behaviors were proposed, considering corrosion effects as shown in a reduction in reinforcement section and bond strength. A modified damage index aims to quantify the seismic performance level in deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges. Several parameters of twospan simply supported deteriorated reinforced concrete bridge have been studied to determine the seismic performance levels. The newly developed analytical method for assessing the seismic performance of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges is verified by comparison with the experimental and analytical parameter results.
1 Introduction
Many existing reinforced concrete structures deteriorate owing to little attention to durability issues and considerable resources are expended to rehabilitate and repair deteriorating concrete bridge structures.
The lifetime seismic performance assessment of reinforced concrete bridges in aggressive environment should account for both the diffusion process of aggressive agents, such as chlorides, and the mechanical damage induced by diffusion (Fernandez & Berrocal, 2019; Ramseyer & Kang, 2012; Song et al., 2019; Tapan, 2007; Xu, Cai, et al., 2021; Xu, Feng, et al., 2020, 2021; Xu, Wu, et al., 2020; Yang & DeWolf, 2002).
It is generally recognized that cracks provide easy access to ingress of chlorides in concrete and hence, the initiation of corrosion of steel in cracked concrete occurs at early stage. Corroded reinforcement in deteriorated structures that are subjected to seismic loads can decrease their robustness and ductility significantly, because the ultimate strain and elongation of the reinforcing steels are reduced. The corrosion process causes not only a reduction in the steel mass, but also a loss of ductility of the material that can lead to brittle failures of concrete members (AlHarthy et al., 2011; Cairns et al., 2008; Du et al., 2005; Hanjari et al., 2011; Lignola et al., 2010; Morga & Marano, 2015; Shaikh, 2018).
The purpose of this study is to provide knowledge for analytical seismic performance evaluation of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges using a modified damage index. Experimental evaluation of seismic performance of these reinforced concrete bridges is time consuming and costly (Kim, 2019).
In this study writer has developed a new analytical seismic performance assessment method for deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges. A developed program RCAHEST (Reinforced Concrete Analysis in Higher Evaluation System Technology) was used (Kim, 2012, 2019; Kim et al., 2003, 2005, 2007).
This study also presents a new improved seismic performance assessment method that has several advantages. The author proposes new deteriorated material models to predict the seismic behaviors of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges. The modified damage index was verified from the parametric study of deteriorated twospan simply supported reinforced concrete bridge using nonlinear finiteelement analysis.
To assess the ability of the RCAHEST program to predict the seismic performance of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges, analytical results were compared with the experimental and analytical parameter results.
2 Reinforced Concrete Analysis in Higher Evaluation System Technology (RCAHEST)
For an accurate evaluation of the inelastic behavior of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges, constitutive modeling and threedimensional finiteelement analysis are required. However, difficulties in developing a reliable threedimensional constitutive model and the extensive number of calculations required pose several problems in the actual problem application (Kim, 2012, 2019). Therefore, a twodimensional material model of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges is used in this study. The model was analyzed using generalpurpose finiteelement software, RCAHEST (Kim, 2012, 2019; Kim et al., 2003, 2005, 2007). RCAHEST is a finiteelement analysis program used for analyzing reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. The structural element library RCAHEST is built around the finiteelement analysis program shell named FEAP (Taylor, 2000).
2.1 Overview
The models for material nonlinearity include tensile, compressive, and shear models for cracked concrete and a model of reinforcing steel, where the smeared crack approach is incorporated.
Concrete models may be divided into isotropic uncracked concrete models and cracked concrete models. For cracked concrete, the three models are for depicting concrete behavior in the direction perpendicular to the crack plane, in the direction of the crack plane and in the shear direction at the crack plane (see Fig. 1). The basic model adopted for crack representation is the nonorthogonal fixed crack approach of the smeared crack concept.
The postyield constitutive relationship of the reinforcement in concrete takes into account the bond characteristics, and is a bilinear model, as shown in Fig. 2 (Kim et al., 2003). The transverse reinforcing bars confine the core concrete, suppress the buckling of the longitudinal reinforcing bars and improve the ductility capacity of the unconfined concrete. In this study, writer basically adopted the model proposed by Mander et al. (1988).
Fatigue damage of reinforced concrete bridge columns under seismic load seems inevitable, and the fatigue damage may be characterized as low cycle fatigue of reinforcing bars and concrete strength deterioration (Kim et al., 2005).
A complete description of the nonlinear material model is provided by authors (Kim, 2012, 2019; Kim et al., 2003, 2005, 2007).
2.2 Deterioration Modeling in Reinforced Concrete
The developed degradation model takes into account uniform and localized corrosion and includes the reduction of crosssectional area and bond strength of corroded bars.
A model proposed by Bhargava et al. (2007) to evaluate of corroded reinforcing bars and concrete deterioration was basically adopted in the finiteelement model.
Bhargava et al. (2007) carried out experimental tests on corroded reinforced concrete specimens based on pullout tests and came about with the follow equations:
where \(R\) is the ratio of bond strength of corroded reinforcing bar to bond strength of noncorroded reinforcing bar, \(\mathrm{C}\) is the percentage of corrosion level, \(\Delta W\) is the average mass loss of corroded reinforcing bars and \(W\) is the mass of noncorroded reinforcing bars.
The area \({A}_{sc}\) of the corroded reinforcing bar can be represented as follows:
where \({A}_{s}\) is the area of the noncorroded reinforcing bar.
2.3 Seismic Performance Assessment Using a Modified Damage Index
An analytical evaluation method using a damage index was first proposed to assess damage states and seismic performance levels of solid reinforced concrete columns. Explicit descriptions of the different seismic performance levels are defined to employ specific engineering criteria (Kim et al., 2007).
In this study, a damage index was modified from the parametric study of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridge using nonlinear finiteelement analysis. A parametric study was carried out to investigate the reduction of crosssectional area and bond strength of corroded bars.
Fig. 3 provides such descriptions that might be associated with the three seismic performance levels of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridge. For the fully operational seismic performance level means almost undamaged and repair is not required. For the delayed operational seismic performance level means impairs its full use and might require repair. Finally, for the stability seismic performance level means severe damage requiring partial or complete replacement. A complete description of the seismic performance assessment using a damage index is provided by Kim et al. (2007) and Kim (2019).
3 Verification of the Developed Deteriorated Material Model
The deteriorated reinforced concrete beams tested by Rodriguez et al. (1997) were used to validate the proposed deteriorated nonlinear material model.
The reinforced concrete beams were cast adding calcium chloride to the mixing water, subjected to an accelerated corrosion process with a current density of 100 mA/cm^{2} and finally loaded up to failure. Fig. 4 shows the beam specimens details and reinforcement arrangements. The mechanical properties of the specimens are listed in Table 1.
Fig. 5 shows the finiteelement discretization and the boundary conditions for deteriorated reinforced concrete beam specimens. Mesh size sensitivity analysis is also carried out. The crosssectional area of the corroded reinforcing bars is computed by the proposed corrosion penetration model.
The midspan load–deflection response for nondeteriorated beam specimen is shown in Fig. 6a. Fig. 6b, c also shows the experimental and analytical load–deflection relation of deteriorated beam exhibiting flexural failure with rupture of the tensile reinforcing bars.
In predicting the results of the deteriorated reinforced concrete beams, the mean ratios of experimentaltoanalytical maximum strength were 1.03 at a CV of 2%. The good agreement between experimental and analytical results demonstrates the accuracy of the proposed deterioration model. However, the analytical results with proposed model cannot capture the softening responses of the components due to the load control.
4 Application to a TwoSpan Simply Supported Reinforced Concrete Bridge
In this section, a parametric study of the twospan bridges is conducted to provide a better understanding of the seismic performance of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges.
4.1 Twospan Simply Supported Reinforced Concrete Bridge
An application example shown in Fig. 7 was designed to obtain seismic performance data of reinforced concrete bridges having details typical of those in use in regions of moderate seismicity (Korea Expressway Corporation, 2000).
The total length of the bridge slab is 30 m, with spans of 17 m and 13 m. The height of the bridge columns is 9.75 m. Fig. 7 shows the overall dimensions of the bridge: area of slab \({A}_{dx}\)= 17.475 m^{2}; moment of inertia in the bridge axis direction \({I}_{z}\)= 1.299 m^{4}; moment of inertia in the direction perpendicular to the bridge axis \({I}_{y}\)= 496.340 m^{4}; torsional moment of inertia \(J\)= 4.973 m^{4}. The columns have circular cross section with diameter \(\Phi\) = 1000 mm and are reinforced with D25 longitudinal bars.
The constitutive laws are also defined by the following nominal values: concrete compressive strength \({f}_{ck}\)= 27 MPa; steel yielding strength \({f}_{sy}\)= 400 MPa. Seismic nonlinear analysis is carried out by considering a uniform gravity load of 491 kN/m, including selfweight and dead loads applied on the slab. The twospan simply supported reinforced concrete bridge was designed considering current recommendations and requirements for shear and confinement (AASHTO, 2012; CEN, 2004; MCT, 2015).
Nonlinear timehistory analyses are performed for a set of artificial earthquakes generated to comply with the elastic response spectrum given by MCT (2015) (see Fig. 8). The PGA (Peak Ground Acceleration) value for artificial earthquake is 0.154 g, and the duration is 17.3 s. A procedure was applied to the bridges by incrementally increasing the earthquake amplitudes by multiplying the acceleration time history by a scalar factor. Six artificial earthquakes were 1 × 0.154 g, 2 × 0.154 g, 3 × 0.154 g, 4 × 0.154 g, 5 × 0.154 g, and 6 × 0.154 g.
The bridge slab is modelled by reinforced concrete plane stress elements in RCAHEST, as shown in Fig. 9. Fig. 9a shows the finiteelement discretization and the boundary conditions for the twospan simply supported reinforced concrete bridges. Fig. 9b shows a method for transforming a circular section into rectangular strips for the purpose of using plane stress elements. For rectangular sections, equivalent strips are calculated. After the internal forces are calculated, the equilibrium is checked. In this study, the Hilber–Hughes–Taylor (HHT) method is adopted for the solution of the dynamic equilibrium equations.
For comparison, a finiteelement model of the twospan reinforced concrete bridge is also established in SAP2000 version 7.4 (Computers & Structures, Inc., 2000). The columns’ plastic hinges are modeled and the confined concrete model proposed by Mander et al. (1988) is used.
The fundamental period of the twospan simply supported reinforced concrete bridge is 0.667 s. As shown in Table 2 and Fig. 10, the seismic nonlinear analysis results by SAP2000 were similar to the results by RCAHEST. The good agreement between numerical results by SAP2000 and RCAHEST demonstrates the accuracy of the proposed finiteelement model.
4.2 Seismic Design Parameter Studies
This section presents on twospan simply supported reinforced concrete bridge for which additional seismic design considerations are encountered. The effects of the design parameters on the seismic responses are considered: (i) transverse reinforcement ratio, and (ii) longitudinal reinforcement ratio.
Case1 had the same mechanical properties as original design plan in the previous section. Case2 had the mechanical properties as Case1, but the transverse reinforcement ratio was reduced from 0.60% to 0.40%. Case3 had the mechanical properties as Case1, but the longitudinal reinforcement ratio was reduced from 1.61% to 0.81%.
Case1 showed better seismic performance than Case2 and Case3 (see Fig. 11). The effect of transverse and longitudinal reinforcement ratio on the seismic performance of twospan simply supported reinforced concrete bridge is large.
It is assumed that deterioration stage (Case1D, Case2D, and Case3D) is completed as reduced reinforcement ratio reaches 0.36 for longitudinal and transverse reinforcing bars, respectively (see Table 1).
Analytical result comparisons between the time–displacement and time–load values for the deteriorated and reference cases are shown in Figs. 11, 12 and 13. Case1, Case2, and Case3 showed better seismic performance than Case1D, Case2D, and Case3D. The effect of deterioration stage on the seismic performance of twospan simply supported reinforced concrete bridge is large.
Figs. 14 and 15 show that the Case1 and Case1D provided better seismic performance than the Case2, Case2D, Case3, and Case3D. Fig. 16 also shows that the Case1, Case2, and Case3 provided better seismic performance than the Case1D, Case2D, and Case3D. Tables 3 and 4 also show the evolution of the modified damage index, and include an assessment of physical damage incurred during numerical simulations of the earthquake loading. The damage index shows a reasonable gradual progression of damage throughout the time history of deteriorated twospan simply supported reinforced concrete bridge.
From the results of the seismic design parameter studies, the current KHBD (Korea Highway Bridge Design) design and detailing method for twospan reinforced concrete bridges in a satisfactory seismic performance for resisting seismic effects. Even after 5 × 0.154 g PGA earthquake damage, the bridges with the current details could be still repairable.
Finally, the twodimensional nonlinear analysis of a twospan simply supported reinforced concrete bridge under deterioration stage highlighted the effectiveness and application potentialities of the seismic performance assessment using a modified damage index.
5 Conclusions
An analytical study was conducted to quantify seismic performance of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges using a modified damage index. From the results of the numerical analysis and evaluation of parameter studies, the following conclusions are reached.

(1)
A twodimensional reinforced concrete plane stress element for nonlinear analysis of concrete structures exposed to corrosion has been presented. The proposed formulation allows to model the damage effects of uniform and pitting corrosion in terms of reduction of crosssectional area of corroded bars, reduction of ductility of reinforcing steel, deterioration of concrete strength and spalling of concrete cover.

(2)
The proposed numerical method along with results of investigation of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridges will improve the understanding of effects of deterioration on structural members. The numerical model also provides a tool that may be used to develop a better understanding of the mechanisms of damage propagation due to corrosion of the reinforcement, delamination, and spalling of reinforced concrete structures.

(3)
Several parameters of deteriorated twospan simply supported reinforced concrete bridge have been studied to determine the seismic performance levels. Additional parametric research is needed to refine and confirm design details, especially for actual detailing employed in the field.

(4)
Additional developments are required to integrate the effects of shear behavior, including stirrup corrosion in the damage model. These factors may be particularly related to seismic design and seismic performance assessment of deteriorated reinforced concrete bridge structures.
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Abbreviations
 A_{dx} :

Area of slab
 A_{s} :

Area of the noncorroded reinforcing bar
 A_{sc} :

Area of the corroded reinforcing bar
 C:

Percentage of corrosion level
 E_{s} :

Initial bar stiffness
 E_{sh} :

Strain hardening rates of the bar embedded in concrete
 f_{ck} :

Compressive strength of concrete
 f_{sy} :

Steel yielding strength
 f_{yh} :

Yield stress of the confining steel
 f_{cc}′:

Confined concrete compressive strength
 I_{y} :

Moment of inertia in the direction perpendicular to the bridge axis
 I_{z} :

Moment of inertia in the bridge axis direction
 J:

Torsional moment of inertia
 R:

Ratio of bond strength of corroded reinforcing bar to bond strength of noncorroded reinforcing bar
 W:

Mass of noncorroded reinforcing bars
 \(\Delta W\) :

Average mass loss of corroded reinforcing bars
 \({\varepsilon }_{cs}\) :

Compressive strain in analysis step
 \({\varepsilon }_{cu}\) :

Ultimate strain of concrete
 \({\varepsilon }_{sm}\) :

Steel strain at maximum tensile stress
 \({\varepsilon }_{s}^{av}\) :

Average steel strain
 \({\varepsilon }_{ts}\) :

Tensile strain in analysis step
 \({\varepsilon }_{tu}\) :

Ultimate strain of reinforcing bars
 \({\uprho }_{\mathrm{s}}\) :

Transverse confining steel ratio
 \({\upsigma }_{sh}\) :

Offset stress point for the initiation of strain hardening of the bar
 \({\upsigma }_{y}\) :

Yield strength of bar
 \({\sigma }_{s}^{av}\) :

Average steel stress
 \(\Phi\) :

Diameter
 \({\Phi }_{c}\) :

Fatigue parameter for concrete
 \({\Phi }_{r}\) :

Fatigue parameter for reinforcing bars
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The research described herein was sponsored by a grant from R&D Program of the Korea Railroad Research Institute, Republic of Korea.
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TaeHoon Kim is a Senior Researcher in the Advanced Railroad Civil Engineering Division at Korea Railroad Research Institute, Uiwangsi, Korea. He received his PhD in structural engineering from Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea. His research interests include nonlinear analysis and design of concrete structures, constitutive modeling, and seismic performance assessment.
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Kim, TH. Seismic Performance Assessment of Deteriorated TwoSpan Reinforced Concrete Bridges. Int J Concr Struct Mater 16, 4 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40069022004989
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Keywords
 deteriorated
 reinforced concrete
 bridge
 seismic performance
 modified damage index