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THE IMPACT CORROSION HAS ON THE DEGRADATION OF MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CARBON STEEL REBARS IN HIGH PERFORMANCE CONCRETE

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2021
Abstract/Description:
A significant amount of reinforced concrete structures in the USA are reaching the design life span of 50 years. Degradation of these infrastructure due to corrosion presents an economical, safety and quality of life challenge for our society. Being able to study and determine the conditions of our infrastructure, perform maintenance before failure and predict failure before occurrence has become critical for our society and our way of life. This study was performed to add to existing research in the understanding of the relationships between the corrosion current of the embedded carbon steel rebars in reinforced concrete, rebar mass loss due to corrosion and the degradation of the mechanical properties of the carbon steel embedded in high performance concrete structures. The study also aimed to study the influence of different independent variables such as the chloride solution reservoir size and the concrete composition of the prepared specimens for the study. Specimens for the study were prepared by embedding three carbon steel size #4 rebars in blocks of high performing concrete with different admixture to enhance their performance against corrosion. To initiate corrosion specimens were exposed to accelerated chloride transport method (electromigration). To accelerate corrosion some samples were selected for anodic polarization and additional electromigration. After corrosion initiation, the rebars Open Circuit Potential (OCP) and corrosion current (Icorr) were periodically measured using a galvanostat device from April 2017 to August 2021. The OCP average values showed that all the rebars considered in this study were in active corrosion. Faraday’s law was used to determine the rebar calculated mass loss from the measured corrosion current and the elapse time between measurements. The rebar mass loss was in turn used to model the loss of the physical properties of the rebar (yield strength, ultimate strength, and ultimate strain) using (Vanama & Ramakrishnan, 2020) model. Analysis of these parameters results showed a direct relationship between the measured corrosion current and the calculated mass loss of the corroding rebar. The study also showed a direct relationship between the calculated mass loss of the corroding rebar and the degradation of the physical properties of the rebar.
Title: THE IMPACT CORROSION HAS ON THE DEGRADATION OF MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF CARBON STEEL REBARS IN HIGH PERFORMANCE CONCRETE.
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Name(s): Rosa-Pagan, Angel R. , author
Presuel-Moreno, Francisco , Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2021
Date Issued: 2021
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 144 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: A significant amount of reinforced concrete structures in the USA are reaching the design life span of 50 years. Degradation of these infrastructure due to corrosion presents an economical, safety and quality of life challenge for our society. Being able to study and determine the conditions of our infrastructure, perform maintenance before failure and predict failure before occurrence has become critical for our society and our way of life. This study was performed to add to existing research in the understanding of the relationships between the corrosion current of the embedded carbon steel rebars in reinforced concrete, rebar mass loss due to corrosion and the degradation of the mechanical properties of the carbon steel embedded in high performance concrete structures. The study also aimed to study the influence of different independent variables such as the chloride solution reservoir size and the concrete composition of the prepared specimens for the study. Specimens for the study were prepared by embedding three carbon steel size #4 rebars in blocks of high performing concrete with different admixture to enhance their performance against corrosion. To initiate corrosion specimens were exposed to accelerated chloride transport method (electromigration). To accelerate corrosion some samples were selected for anodic polarization and additional electromigration. After corrosion initiation, the rebars Open Circuit Potential (OCP) and corrosion current (Icorr) were periodically measured using a galvanostat device from April 2017 to August 2021. The OCP average values showed that all the rebars considered in this study were in active corrosion. Faraday’s law was used to determine the rebar calculated mass loss from the measured corrosion current and the elapse time between measurements. The rebar mass loss was in turn used to model the loss of the physical properties of the rebar (yield strength, ultimate strength, and ultimate strain) using (Vanama & Ramakrishnan, 2020) model. Analysis of these parameters results showed a direct relationship between the measured corrosion current and the calculated mass loss of the corroding rebar. The study also showed a direct relationship between the calculated mass loss of the corroding rebar and the degradation of the physical properties of the rebar.
Identifier: FA00013843 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (MS)--Florida Atlantic University, 2021.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Corrosion
Reinforced concrete--Deterioration
Carbon steel
High strength concrete
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