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Galvanized Steel Reinforcement in Concrete by Stephen Yeomans

By Stephen Yeomans

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The question is how does the nature of concrete respond to this repeated environmental attack and how does it affect its ability to protect the embedded steel from corrosion? 1. The Nature of Concrete Concrete is basically a heterogeneous, discontinuous composite material with an intrinsically porous matrix. By its very nature, concrete is a highly variable material. One of the most intriguing and puzzling characteristics of concrete is the paradox that, whilst being intrinsically protective to steel through its alkalinity, it is also the same material that permits and controls the ingress of water, oxygen, chlorides, sulphates and other agents that will eventually damage the material and progressively destroy the electrochemical stability of the embedded steel.

Galvanized Steel in Concrete: An Overview 13 significant corrosion of the zinc occurred, although with very much less red rust corrosion compared with black bars in equivalent conditions. 4 w/c concrete, there was similar behaviour for both black and galvanized bars after 8 years cyclic exposure and meaningful comparisons could not be made. It was also noted that the worst-case corrosion occurred when top mat galvanized bars in high chloride concrete were coupled to black steel bars in relatively chloride-free concrete at the bottom of the slab; the best case was when galvanized bars were used in both the top and bottom mats.

The exposure condition — the environment in which a structure is located — is the worst enemy of concrete and steel, enhancing cracking and damage of the concrete and destabilization of Design for Durability with Galvanized Reinforcement 37 the steel. These effects may lead to premature deterioration of the structure with resultant loss of stiffness, strength, stability and safety. Continuous exposure to high ambient temperature and humidity and large fluctuations of temperature and humidity will lead to high thermal gradients, high thermal stresses, thermal fatigue, cyclic wetting and drying and internal and external microcracking.

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