The subject of this research was influence of the environmental parameters, like temperature, humidity and pollutants, on the corrosion rate of the zinc protective coating of the steel structural elements. Zinc is usually used to protect those elements against corrosion. The idea was to study the corrosion of zinc in different parts of Slovak Republic in order to create the so-called corrosion map of the country. The corrosion rate of zinc rcorr was calculated according to standard ISO 9223. Results have shown that both the input parameters, as well as the corrosion rate of zinc, are changing with time.
Authors:Martin Vavruš, Ján Bujňák, and Peter Koteš
The aim of the paper is to point out the inevitability of the proof-load tests for the real and correct behavior of bridge structures in ultimate limit state and maximum allowable deformations in serviceability limit states. It is needed to point to the most consequences of resistance, reliability, durability and lifetime of the bridge structures. Using the proof-load tests for new bridges is prescribed by the Slovak standard STN 73 6209.
Authors:Martin Vavruš, Peter Koteš, František Bahleda, and Jozef Jošt
Concrete structures that are influenced by degradation, overloading, the thawing, and freezing cycles, corrosion of reinforced bars, should be repaired or strengthened. Each of the mentioned influences lead to decreased load-carrying capacity of the structure or its member. Exceeding the load-carrying capacity leads to mechanical damage of members or excessive deformation. The damaged member has to be strengthened to the required level of reliability and load-carrying capacity. There exist many types and methods of strengthening the columns. This research work deals with strengthening of columns by concreting a new layer of fiber concrete. When applying that type of strengthening, it is necessary to assure the contact between the old layer and the new one. The paper deals with analysis of different types of contacts and determination of their parametric values.