The paper reports the results of a case study for achieving longer service life and increasing the environmental sustainability of concrete silos. Damage mechanisms in concrete silo walls, and respectively in cylindrical structures (e.g., chimneys, cooling towers, and tanks), are widely diverse. The common causes of failures include those due to poor design considerations, construction deficiencies, non-compliance with operational rules and regulations, lack of maintenance, and insufficient and/or corroded reinforcements, together with the environmental conditions affecting the walls. In addition to the ultimate limit state design, temperature-induced cracking may often be underestimated in the design of reinforced concrete silos, leading to premature deterioration and losses in serviceability. Cracks from environmental or service conditions facilitate the ingress of moisture and corrosive agents. Therefore, there is an increased interest in reducing the appearance of cracks and limiting their width. The aim of this paper is to highlight the synergistic effects in the design, construction, and operation of silo walls, particularly under varying environmental influences. The research undertaken indicates that systematic errors can be identified and corrected.

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