Book review - Design of durable concrete structures

This book offers a thorough and substantial review of its subject, exploring the wide range of issues that might affect the durability of concrete and service life design for the material, one of the most common and widely used in the world.

Design of concrete structures, such as bridges and buildings.
Design of concrete structures, such as bridges and buildings.

Title: Design of durable concrete structures
Author: Matthews, S
Year: 2014

Why should you read this book?

The book is an update of part of the Structural concrete handbook produced by the fib and in particular takes account of the requirements of the latest codes and standards. These include not only fib Model Code 2010 but also ISO/DIS 16204.

However, the contents will be relevant to British engineers as well since UK technical practice and guidance (such as BS 8500 and associated standards) are covered.

The stated aim is to focus on the behaviour of the structure, and not just the material, and to that end two practical examples of service life design are given, albeit somewhat brief (the Great Belt Fixed Link and the Western Scheldt Tunnel).

Other nice features are the examples of plans to meet the requirements of the execution standard BS EN 13670, along with extensive lists of references and further reading.

Who should read this book?

Design engineers and consultants; also, those involved with concrete structures in any way – the assessment and extension of their service life, and their maintenance.


The book is available for borrowing from the ICE Library. You can request it online through the Library catalogue or contact us on 020 7665 2254 or