Concrete structures are the most widely used
construction in the world. Over ten times more concrete
is produced than all other construction materials put
together. Concrete structures were traditionally viewed
as being maintenance-free with a practically unlimited
life. However, over the past several decades, a number of
durability related problems have emerged and stimulated
research into the key factors relating to durability of
concrete structures globally. It is now generally accepted
that the concrete structures deteriorates with time.
Actually, premature deterioration of concrete structures
has been a major and growing world-wide problem.
At the same time, with the rapid rate of economic growth,
China is going though an extensive construction period.
However, the expected design lives of these projects are
questioned because of lack of technologies and
experiences, especially in marine environment. Therefore,
it has an urgent necessity to formulate durability–based
design and performance-based strategic maintenance
methodologies to guarantee the durability of on-going
The aim of the conference is to bring together leading
experts in this field from around the world to present the
latest development, share the recent achievements,
discuss the current problems and address the future
challenges on durability issues of concrete structures.
The first ICDCS was successfully held in Hangzhou,
China on 26-27 November 2008. 189 papers are
presented in the two volumes of proceedings "Advances
in Concrete Structural Durability." The ICDCS 2010 is
sequent to the first one.