Since this book was first published in 2004, durability of reinforced concrete structures has continued to receive worldwide interest, as it is confirmed by this Chinese edition. Although some of the open questions raised in the preface of the first edition have found reasonable explanations in the past decade, others are still unanswered and new issues have arisen. For example, the need for sustainability has, on one side, increased the demand for
We hope that the Chinese edition of this book may serve as a reference for students and materials scientists, who may find the explanation of corrosion and degradation mechanisms, as well as people involved in design, execution and managing of reinforced concrete structures, who may concentrate on the parts of the book dealing with practical aspects of assessment, monitoring, prevention and protection techniques.
We would like to dedicate this Chinese edition to the memory of our co-authors that are no longer with us, but highly contributed to the previous editions: Pietro Pedeferri (1938-2008) and Luca Bertolini (1966-2017). Although they had very different personalities, they were both great researchers as well as devoted teachers. They will be cherished in the hearts of colleagues, students and all those who had the privilege to know them. They would have been proud to hold this book in their hands.
|The Authors, March 2017|