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Durability testing of reinforced concrete beams under fatigue loading in a simulated marine environment

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1995
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This thesis addresses the evaluation of the durability of reinforced concrete marine structures subjected to fatigue loading. The laboratory investigation was carried out on full and half size reinforced concrete specimens with three different water cement ratios (0.3, 0.4, and 0.56), static and fatigue loading conditions, and epoxy-coated and regular black steel reinforcements; a mineral admixture (silica fume), and a corrosion inhibitor (calcium nitrite) were used for specimens made with water/cement ratio 0.4 concrete. The marine tidal zone was simulated by alternate filling and draining of the tank (wet and dry cycles), and a galvanostatic corrosion technique to accelerate corrosion of rebar was introduced. Half-cell potentials and changes of crack width were measured periodically during the exposure and followed by ultimate strength testing. The significant findings include adverse effect of fatigue loading, existence of an explicit size effect, poor performance of epoxy coated steel, and negative effect of the increasing water/cement ratio.
Title: Durability testing of reinforced concrete beams under fatigue loading in a simulated marine environment.
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Name(s): Ahn, Woo-Suk.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Reddy, Dronnadula V., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1995
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 167 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: This thesis addresses the evaluation of the durability of reinforced concrete marine structures subjected to fatigue loading. The laboratory investigation was carried out on full and half size reinforced concrete specimens with three different water cement ratios (0.3, 0.4, and 0.56), static and fatigue loading conditions, and epoxy-coated and regular black steel reinforcements; a mineral admixture (silica fume), and a corrosion inhibitor (calcium nitrite) were used for specimens made with water/cement ratio 0.4 concrete. The marine tidal zone was simulated by alternate filling and draining of the tank (wet and dry cycles), and a galvanostatic corrosion technique to accelerate corrosion of rebar was introduced. Half-cell potentials and changes of crack width were measured periodically during the exposure and followed by ultimate strength testing. The significant findings include adverse effect of fatigue loading, existence of an explicit size effect, poor performance of epoxy coated steel, and negative effect of the increasing water/cement ratio.
Identifier: 15178 (digitool), FADT15178 (IID), fau:11950 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1995.
Subject(s): Concrete beams--Fatigue
Underwater concrete construction
Reinforced concrete--Fatigue
Seawater--Corrosion
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