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Course Name Distress Monitoring and Repair of Structures
Course Code 15CVL444
Program B. Tech. in Civil Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Durability: Life expectancy of different types of buildings – influence of environmental elements such as heat, moisture, precipitation and frost on buildings- Effect of biological agents like fungus, moss, plants, trees, algae – termite control and prevention – chemical attack and impact of pollution on building materials and components – Aspects of fire damage and assessment.

Unit 2

Building failures – causes and effects – cracks in buildings – types, classification. Investigation and condition assessment – Semi-destructive and Non-destructive testing methods.

Common defects in buildings and control measures – maintenance philosophy – phases of maintenance.

Materials for repair – special mortar and concretes, concrete chemicals, admixtures, special cements and high grade concrete.

Unit 3

Techniques for repair – surface repair – material selection – surface preparation – rust eliminators and polymer coatings for rebars – repair methods of cracks in concrete and masonry – epoxy injection. Guniting and shotcreting. Waterproofing methods.

Strengthening measures – f lexural strengthening, beam shear capacity strengthening, column strengthening, shoring, under pinning and jacketing.

Conservation of historic buildings – materials and methods – examples.

Text Books

  1. Peter H. Emmons, “Concrete Repair and Maintenance”, Galgotia Publications, 2010.
  2. Vidivelli. B., “Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures”, Standard Publishers, 2009.


  • James Douglas, Bill Ransom, “Understanding Building Failures”, Taylor & Francis Group, 2007.
  • Philip H. Perkins, “Repair, Protection and Water proofing of Concrete Structures”, E & FN Spon, 1997.
  • SP:25 – 1984, “Causes and prevention of cracks in buildings”, BIS
  • Santhakumar A. R., “Concrete Technology”, Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Sidney M. Johnson, “Deterioration, Maintenance and Repair of Structures”, McGraw Hill, 1965.
  • Raikar, “Durable Structures – Through planning for preventive maintenance”, R &D Centre, Structural Designers and Consultants Pvt. Ltd. New Bombay, 1994.
  • Raikar, “Diagnosis and Treatment of Structures in Distress”, R & D Centre, Structural Designers and Consultants Pvt. Ltd., New Bombay, 1994.

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