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Concrete Institute of Australia
Proceedings of Concerete 2013: "Understanding Concrete"
Markovian transition probability matrices employing condition states are often used in bridge management systems to determine optimal intervention strategies. This approach assumes a constant deterioration matrix throughout the entire analysis period. However, in order to adequately model and evaluate intervention options such as fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthening, it is necessary to model the impact of the intervention on the deterioration rate. This paper presents a Markovian based approach to model interventions that impact deteriorating rates. A model employing this approach is proposed. A methodology to determine the optimal intervention strategy based on steady state probabilities is then presented. The proposed model and methodology are illustrated in an evaluation of intervention options for a concrete girder bridge.