Accelerated testing of plain and epoxy-coated reinforcement in simulated seawater and chloride solutions

Erdogdu S., Bremner T. W., Kondratova I. L.

CEMENT AND CONCRETE RESEARCH, vol.31, no.6, pp.861-867, 2001 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0008-8846(01)00487-2
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.861-867
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


To simulate marine and bridge deck environments, plain and epoxy-coated reinforcing steel bars were cast in concrete slabs and exposed in the laboratory to synthetic seawater and 3% sodium chloride solution. They were monitored on a regular basis using the linear polarization and open-circuit potential techniques. The concrete slabs had a water to cement ratio of 0.60 and the steel reinforcement had 20 mm concrete cover. The epoxy-coated bars were with no damage, and 1% and 2% damage to the coating. A 2-year monitoring program indicated that the corrosion current density was negligible for epoxy-coated bars with no damage to the coating regardless of the exposure conditions and that undamaged epoxy-coated bars provided excellent performance in preventing corrosion activity in reinforced concrete structures subjected to a chloride environment. Similarly, rebar with damaged epoxy coating gave no evidence that sufficient rust had accumulated at the steel/concrete interface to cause the concrete cover to crack. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.