​Technical, functional or economic concrete life

90-year parking ramp? 170-year bridge? No problem. Let’s plan for it. A good portion of our work is with clients who want their concrete to last more than a lifetime. That’s not a pipe dream: we can make it possible.

Technical, functional or economic concrete life prediction

concrete lifespan prediction
Photo credit: Tim Davis

Beton will help you plan for the expected service life of a structure with the following tools:

  • corrosion protection plans to achieve the life expectancy stated in the specifications
  • life cycle modeling, including calculating inputs into the model based on your project instead of relying on model defaults
  • designs for high slag and fly ash replacement mixtures for low-diffusion coefficient concrete
  • concrete mixtures designed for low shrinkage
  • designs for freeze-thaw durable concrete
  • solutions for non-durable aggregate.

Here’s how our friends at the American Concrete Institute (ACI) define service life prediction: “Service life is the period of time after concrete placement during which all the properties exceed the minimum acceptable values when routinely maintained.”

Concrete life can be defined in three ways:

test cells for concrete life expectancy
Photo credit: Tim Davis, 1202 test cells
  • Technical service life is the time in service until usability becomes problematic or the concrete fails.
  • Functional service life is the time in service until the structure no longer fulfills the functional requirements or becomes obsolete due to such changes as increased clearance, higher axle and wheel loads, or road widening.
  • Economic service life is the time in service until replacement of the structure is economically more advantageous than keeping it in service.