Assessment of the effect of concrete properties on service life of concrete sewer pipes subjected to hydrogen sulphide attack

Mahmoodian, M and Li, C 2012, 'Assessment of the effect of concrete properties on service life of concrete sewer pipes subjected to hydrogen sulphide attack', in Mohd. Fadzil Arshad (ed.) Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Concrete Engineering and Technology (CONCET 2012), Putrajaya, Malaysia, 12-13 June 2012, pp. 212-217.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Assessment of the effect of concrete properties on service life of concrete sewer pipes subjected to hydrogen sulphide attack
Author(s) Mahmoodian, M
Li, C
Year 2012
Conference name CONCET 2012
Conference location Putrajaya, Malaysia
Conference dates 12-13 June 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Concrete Engineering and Technology (CONCET 2012)
Editor(s) Mohd. Fadzil Arshad
Publisher University of Malaya
Place of publication Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Start page 212
End page 217
Total pages 6
Abstract Corrosion of concrete sewer pipes due to hydrogen sulphide attack decreases the service life of sewer systems and results in significant economic losses each year. The reaction between sulphuric acid and calcium hydroxide is the main cause of sewer pipe degradation. In this paper a technical discussion about the corrosion mechanism and the effective parameters in corrosion rate of concrete in sewer systems are presented. The generic formula for calculation of corrosion rate indicates that the mix design with higher alkalinity (expressed as the proportion of equivalent calcium carbonate) will lead to lower corrosion rate. Therefore using concrete mixes with higher alkalinity increases service life of sewer pipes. Reliability analysis is then applied in a concrete sewer system to accurately predict service life of the pipeline and to assess the effect of alkalinity of concrete on service life. For this purpose and to consider all uncertainties about input data, a reliability method (Monte Carlo) is implemented. The results from Monte Carlo simulation method showed the degree of sensitivity of service life of the pipeline to change in the level of alkalinity. The results of this study can be used by engineers and designers of concrete sewers, with focus on the properties of concrete mixture that can affect the service life of the system.
Subjects Structural Engineering
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