Besides with a large amount of Na+ and Cl− ions in seawater, the presence of Mg+2 and SO4−2 ions builds more complex corrosion mechanism. This paper aims to investigate the corrosion of embedded reinforcement in concrete with the environment of both Cl− and SO4−2 anions associated Mg+2 cation.
The concrete specimens were prepared by using ordinary Portland cement (OPC), and OPC blended with metakaolin (MK) for water to cementitious material ratio (w/cm) 0.48 and 0.51. The concrete mixes were contaminated with the addition of MgCl2 alone and combined MgCl2 and MgSO4 in mix water. Reinforcement corrosion was evaluated by half-cell potential and corrosion current densities (Icorr) at regular intervals. Moreover, the influence of cementitious material type, salt type and w/cm ratio on electrical resistivity of concrete was also investigated. The statistical models were developed for electrical resistivity as a function of calcium to aluminium content ratio, compressive strength, w/cm ratio and age of concrete.
Although the corrosion initiation time increases in the concomitant presence of MgSO4 and MgCl2 as internal source compared to MgCl2, Icorr values are higher in both OPC and MK blended concrete. However, electrical resistivity decreased with addition of MgSO4. MK blended concrete performed better with increased resistivity, corrosion initiation time and decreased Icorr values.
This study reports statistical distributions for scattered Icorr of rebar in different concrete mixtures. Stepwise regression models were developed for resistivity by considering the interactions among different variables, which would help to estimate the resistivity through basic information.
U., R. and B., K. (2020), "Corrosion performance of steel reinforcement in concrete admixed with magnesium chloride and sulphate", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 67 No. 1, pp. 106-118. https://doi.org/10.1108/ACMM-08-2019-2163Download as .RIS
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