Inspection of a series of wharves on reinforced concrete (RC) piles in a Mediterranean environment showed that, after a relatively short period of service, corrosion of reinforcement had begun within cast-in-situ deck elements subject to normal working conditions, and within precast elements on a chemical cargo pier. Active pitting-type corrosion of steel was also found on sheet pile wharves. In the last case the rate of corrosion depended mainly on the depth below sea level and on the type of the initially provided protection. Comparative durability analysis showed that in principle, both wharves on RC piles and sheet pile wharves can ensure the lifespan required for an economically viable seaport structure. However, this goal can be reached at lower maintenance cost by the use of sheet pile wharves.

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  • Pagination: p. 1164-82

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  • Accession Number: 00196559
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM