Biodeterioration of concrete in agricultural, agro-food and biogas plants: state of the art and challenges


  • Alexandra Bertron
  • Matthieu Peyre Lavigne LISBP, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, INRA, INSA, 135 Avenue de Rangueil, 31077 Toulouse cedex 04 France
  • Cédric Patapy LMDC, Université de Toulouse, INSA, UPS, 135 Avenue de Rangueil, 31077 Toulouse cedex 04 France
  • Benjamin Erable LGC, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, INPT, UPS, 4 Allée Emile Monso, 31432 Toulouse, France



cementitious materials, biodeterioration, agricultural effluents, organic acid, biofilm


This article reviews the state of knowledge on the mechanisms of deterioration of concrete by agricultural and agro-industrial effluents, notably breeding effluents and biowaste valorised in anaerobic digestion plants. The main physicochemical characteristics of agricultural effluents are first listed in terms of components that are aggressive for cementitious materials. Then, the main mechanisms of deterioration of the cementitious materials exposed to the effluents are presented, as highlighted by laboratory studies (synthetic effluents and / or models, specific experimental devices) or with real effluents. The paper also points out the scientific and technical advances needed to improve the durability of concrete in these environments.




How to Cite

Bertron, A.; Peyre Lavigne, M.; Patapy, C.; Erable, B. Biodeterioration of Concrete in Agricultural, Agro-Food and Biogas Plants: State of the Art and Challenges: RILEM Tech Lett 2017, 2, 83-89.




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