An experimental setup was designed to study the impact of concrete resistivity on the rate of chloride-induced reinforcement corrosion. Small pieces of mild steel were used to simulate pits (anodes) that form when chlorides come into contact with the reinforcement. The galvanic current was measured between the simulated anodes and a cathode network. Comparisons were made between the galvanic current and the concrete bulk resistivity. The bulk resistivity was varied using two mortar mixes (made of plain Portland cement and a blended Fly ash cement) which were exposed in different temperature and moisture conditions. Despite a high scatter in the results, it was clear that the relationship between bulk resistivity and corrosion rate depended on the mortars tested. The findings presented in this paper and the accompanying work strongly indicate that concrete bulk resistivity alone does not provide sufficient information for assessment of the corrosion rate for chloride-induced macro-cell corrosion

Limitations of the use of concrete resistivity as an indicator for the rate of chloride-induced macro-cell corrosion

ELSENER, BERNHARD;
2017

Abstract

An experimental setup was designed to study the impact of concrete resistivity on the rate of chloride-induced reinforcement corrosion. Small pieces of mild steel were used to simulate pits (anodes) that form when chlorides come into contact with the reinforcement. The galvanic current was measured between the simulated anodes and a cathode network. Comparisons were made between the galvanic current and the concrete bulk resistivity. The bulk resistivity was varied using two mortar mixes (made of plain Portland cement and a blended Fly ash cement) which were exposed in different temperature and moisture conditions. Despite a high scatter in the results, it was clear that the relationship between bulk resistivity and corrosion rate depended on the mortars tested. The findings presented in this paper and the accompanying work strongly indicate that concrete bulk resistivity alone does not provide sufficient information for assessment of the corrosion rate for chloride-induced macro-cell corrosion
Chloride-induced corrosion; Concrete resistivity; Corrosion rate
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