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Abstract

This chapter addresses the motivation, scope, main objectives, and methodology of this book. Despite the number of studies regarding the service life and maintenance of buildings and components that have been published in recent decades, the application of such methodologies still present some limitations, mainly due to the complexity of the degradation phenomena and the lack of reliable tools to model them. This book intends to contribute to the study of the durability and expected service life of buildings, based on the working assumption that the service life of façade claddings (and other non-structural elements) can be modelled by various mathematical approaches with different levels of accuracy and complexity, leading to results with various degrees of richness of information.

Keywords

Service Life Prediction Degradation Phenomena Environmental Exposure Conditions Constructional Elements Proposed Research Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Faculty of ArchitectureUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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