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Computers and Concrete
  Volume 25, Number 5, May 2020, pages 447-460
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/cac.2020.25.5.447
 


Stochastic characteristics of reinforcement corrosion in concrete beams under sustained loads
Le Huang, Xianyu Jin, Chuanqing Fu, Hailong Ye and Xiaoyu Dong

 
Abstract
    This paper deals with the characteristics of reinforcement corrosion in concrete beams under the influence of sustained loads. The evolution and distribution laws of the reinforcement corrosion were measured periodically over time. The results show that sustained load exhibits a pronounced exacerbating effect on the reinforcement corrosion, and enlarges the nonuniformity level of corrosion as the load level increases. Accompanied with the continuous formation of the rust, the corrosion rate was also observed to be highly nonlinear and time-dependent. Moreover, to visually and quantitatively analyze the distribution of reinforcement corrosion, the 3D scanning technology combined with the probability statistics analysis was adopted, and the observed nonuniformity can be well described by the Gumbel distribution. Finally, an approach based on the three-phase spherical model was proposed to estimate the reinforcement corrosion, taking account of the effects of sustained load on the changes of concrete porosity and oxygen diffusivity.
 
Key Words
    sustained load; reinforcement corrosion; corrosion rate; distribution; nonuniformity
 
Address
Le Huang: Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Xianyu Jin: College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Chuanqing Fu: College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, China
Hailong Ye: Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Xiaoyu Dong: College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
 

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