The Parking Problem

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 3, Pg. 68-71

Document Type: Feature article


Corrosion of parking garage decks has become a multi-billion dollar problem, caused primarily by deicing salts that seep into the concrete and attack reinforcing steel. Design and construction defects show up quickly where there is poor maintenance. Prevention requires use of very durable materials and careful workmanship in both new construction and in rehabilitation. The American Concrete Institute Committee 362 and other experts recommend using a more impermeable concrete, epoxy coated rebars, adequate drainage and sealing of all isolation and expansion joints.

Subject Headings: Reinforced concrete | Parking facilities | Steel decks | Reinforcing steel | Material durability | Construction materials | Corrosion | Deicing

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