تجزیه و تحلیل هزینه فایده برای بازسازی بهینه سازه های رو به وخامت
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|23476||2008||16 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Structural Safety, Volume 30, Issue 4, July 2008, Pages 291–306
A cost-benefit analysis for planning rehabilitation efforts of deteriorating structures is proposed, which takes into account all life-cycle costs, such as construction, failure, inspection and state-dependent rehabilitation costs, as well as state- or time-dependent benefit rates. Rehabilitations can take place anytime throughout the lifetime and are optimized by maximizing the expected net present benefit rate. This approach not only allows to determine optimal sequence of rehabilitation times and rehabilitation levels, but allows also to determine optimal lifetimes and acceptable failure rates. Numerical examples demonstrate that proper planning of rehabilitations allows to extend the lifetime of a structure – as long as the expected costs for such efforts outweigh the expected future benefit. If this is not the case, then, indeed, the structure is obsolete and alternatives have to be evaluated.
Civil infrastructure like bridges deteriorate with time due to inherently random factors such as loads and environmental stressors. In fact, in most more economically developed countries an ever growing percentage of existing structures show significant deterioration and, consequently, is threatened by obsolescence in the short- to medium-term. At the same time it is recognized that due to purely economic reasons, this situation cannot be countered by simply re-building everything anew. Hence, to ensure sustained serviceability and safety of these structures, maintenance interventions become mandatory, which allow partial or complete structural rehabilitation. In order to rationalize decisions with respect to maintenance or rehabilitation, bridge management systems have been developed and implemented in North America, Europe and Japan , , , ,  and . The generic components of these management systems can be coarsely summarized as: (a) assessment of bridge conditions, (b) forecasting of further bridge deterioration, and (c) identification and prioritization of maintenance needs and their corresponding financial requirements. However, these systems have been repeatedly criticized for mainly two reasons. The first point of criticism is, that the assessment of bridge conditions is done commonly by so-called condition ratings (verbal descriptors) on structural element level made during routine visual inspections. Therefore, these condition ratings mostly indicate the relative health of structural elements only, but they do not identify the physical or chemical processes that cause the deterioration, nor are they directly related to structural behavior, that is, structural safety and serviceability  and . Structural safety is only indirectly mentioned – as a need for immediate intervention – in the most severe of the typical, say, five to seven condition states. Whereas more objective and accurate structural condition assessments can be performed by utilizing concepts of structural identification , the complex of problems related to structural safety can only be addressed by structural reliability theory. Thus, what is required is a consistent description of the time-variant condition of a structure in terms of both deterioration and ultimate failure states, as done, for example, in , , , ,  and . A structural state description in terms of only “failure” or “no failure”, as proposed, among others, in , via so-called reliability profiles, is not sufficient for optimal maintenance planning, since it does not allow to relate (directly or indirectly) observable deterioration states to specific performance conditions – including its effect on the load carrying capacity and the remaining lifetime – as well as rehabilitation actions to be performed, as is mandatory for effective bridge maintenance systems  and . The addition of a separate condition profile in  tries to remedy this shortcoming, although it remains unclear why condition and safety should be treated as separate entities. Moreover, the reliability and condition profiles in  and  are not calculated with the help of structural reliability theory, but are either directly determined by so-called experts, or estimated from statistical data. However, as shown in , time-variant reliability profiles depend on a multitude of factors (structural design, loads, environmental conditions, deterioration mechanisms, etc.) which will be hardly reflected in its entirety in expert knowledge, nor does it seem to be overly realistic to assume, that there will be ever enough data available to directly estimate reliability profiles, that is, without recursion to a physical or chemical model. Thus, to summarize the first point of criticism, when addressing the problem of optimal maintenance planning, a consistent probabilistic description of the condition of a structure – including not only deterioration states, but also structural collapse – is indispensable. This requires the explicit modeling of structures, deterioration processes, condition assessments and maintenance interventions. For practical applicability, condition states in the probabilistic analysis should be selected compliant with experimental condition assessment techniques. This allows not only to utilize inspection data for modeling purposes, but also to define optimal maintenance actions in terms of experimentally observable – whether directly or indirectly – indicators of structural deterioration. We will show this herein exemplarily for a simple truss-type bridge under fatigue loading, where the overall structural damage state is determined with the help of static load tests. The second set of criticism of existing bridge management systems is centered around the models utilized for deterioration forecasting. Commonly, discrete-time Markov chains, with time-homogeneous transition probabilities, are employed as a statistical model, based on the above mentioned visual inspection data , , , ,  and . Due to their sole reliance on inspection data, these Markov chains, evidently, inherit also the above mentioned shortcomings of the subjective nature of condition ratings and their lack of information on structural behavior. But also the data itself is problematic, since most often it does not make reference to differences in the structural characteristics of bridges, environmental conditions, past rehabilitation efforts or even time intervals between inspections, thereby compromising the accuracy of its estimates. Also there is ample theoretical as well as experimental evidence that the transition probabilities are, in general, time-inhomogeneous, that is, that age – the time since construction or rehabilitation – has a significant impact on the deterioration rate ,  and . However, it should be also mentioned that we do not follow the general rejection of Markov processes as being not able to model such behavior at all, as has been done in  and . Utilizing continuous-time Markov chains, with time-inhomogeneous transition probability rates, indeed allows to model age dependency  as well as maintenance effects like delays in deterioration or changes in deterioration rates. For this purpose we propose to utilize the time distributions of reaching defined damage or deterioration states – as determined from a probabilistic analysis – to build up the transition matrix. It should go again without saying, that this requires an explicit modeling of the deterioration process and respective maintenance interventions, that is, it cannot be done by solely utilizing inspection data or expert knowledge. When planning maintenance interventions, we have to specify intervention times, allocate resources for structural assessment and, depending on the outcomes of such structural condition assessments, perform partial or complete structural rehabilitations. Such maintenance interventions require, in general, substantial monetary investments. Thus, a most effective allocation of monetary resources is a critical issue in any maintenance planning for deteriorating structures. The common approach, thereby, is to minimize the expected total life-cycle cost, that is, costs associated with inspection, rehabilitation and performance violation, as well as failure costs ,  and . However, this cost-effectiveness approach offers only a partial, although quite important, solution to the problem, in so far as by not specifying benefits it cannot rationally determine when a structure becomes obsolete, that is, when it is no longer acceptable ,  and . Obsolescence is reached, when the state of the structure is such that the expected benefits from structural operation no longer outweigh the expected costs. We will show herein that such a definition of obsolescence allows a definition of structural lifetimes and acceptable structural failure rates. Our approach is inspired by the work in , ,  and , however, deviates with respect to some points. First, we do not require renewal theory, that is, we are interested in the optimal life-cycle planning of a single structure, which will be maintained to extend its lifetime, if economically reasonable, but which will not be re-build after failure or after reaching obsolescence. Second, we investigate the case of optimal maintenance policies for finite time horizons, that is, we deal with the general transient problem. And finally, we provide definitions of optimal lifetimes and acceptable failure rates based on the condition state of a structure and the expected benefits and costs from its structural operation. That we employ the (more technical) perspective of cost-benefit analysis  and  herein for determining acceptable failure rates and optimal lifetimes implies by no means that differing (non-technical) perceptions of risk  and  should be ignored in the overall decision-making process. Quite to the contrary, taking into account public risk perception is a key component in successful risk communication and risk management  and . However, cost-benefit analysis is in our view normative in intent, not predictive or explanatory. Like any normative analysis, cost-benefit analysis articulates norms and principles that its agents “ought” to follow. But “ought” means “can”, not “will” or “have to”. As has been argued in , cost-benefit analysis is not a super-procedure. It tracks overall well-being, not rights, distributive considerations, or putative moral factors. But this means also that cost-benefit analysis has always to be imbedded in a political and institutional context, which allows to monitor those external components throughout the decision-making process, and which allows to determine whether alternatives are morally advisable in its entirety. The remaining paper is organized as follows. In the next section, we describe the continuous-time Markov chain model utilized herein for describing stochastic structural deterioration, and we explain how the required transition rates can be determined with the help of structural reliability theory. The procedure is exemplified for a simple truss-type bridge structure under random fatigue loading. This is followed in Section 3 by the modeling of inspection and rehabilitation work. In Section 4 an optimization formulation is proposed for planning rehabilitation work, compromising the rehabilitation of all deterioration states about a certain minimum level. The optimization is based on cost-benefit criteria. It is shown that by specifying benefit rates explicitly, we are able to determine optimal lifetimes and, closely related, acceptable failure rates. Finally, in Section 5, we investigate with the help of numerical examples the influence of different, that is, state- or time-dependent benefit rates on the optimal rehabilitation of deteriorating structures.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
A novel formulation for optimizing rehabilitation efforts for deteriorating structures has been presented which is based on maximizing the expected net present benefit rate throughout the lifetime. Since not only all life-cycle costs, but also benefits are taken into account, optimal lifetimes and acceptable failure rates can be determined as well. The numerical examples demonstrate the importance of defining benefit rates explicitly. If the preferences towards the structure (expressed in terms of benefit rates and costs) and the demands on the structure are not changing with time, maintenance interventions allow, in principle, to extend the lifetime of structures infinitely. If, however, benefit rates, costs or structural demands are time-variant, then it may happen that at a certain time the expenditures spent on maintenance no longer outweigh the expected future net benefit, that is, the structure becomes obsolete. Nevertheless, in both cases the optimal solution to maintenance interventions requires to take action before reaching the acceptable failure rate or the zero expected net benefit rate level. Deferring decisions with respect to maintenance not only results, in general, in higher losses, but also in potentially hazardous structures.