Concrete has long been used as a building material and is a popular choice. Viaducts and tunnels, office buildings and hospitals: the supporting structure will often be reinforced concrete. Concrete is a versatile building material that is still being developed and refined to this day. TNO has the knowledge needed to determine the operating life of concrete constructions, as a basis for management and maintenance strategies.
Operating life is a crucial performance requirement in the design of a concrete construction. The choice of concrete composition determines the strength, while protective measures, such as coatings and heat-resistant cladding, can help extend the operating life. While protective measures of this kind increase construction costs, maintenance savings may restore the balance in the long term. For existing constructions too, it makes sense to weigh investments in protective measures against maintenance costs.
TNO is a specialist in result-oriented design, and has substantial practical and scientific expertise in the field of damage mechanisms and methods of protection and repair. Ongoing research projects keep our knowledge complete and up-to-date, enabling us to provide the building world with expert advice at all times.