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PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF EPOXY- COATED REINFORCING STEEL AND CORROSION INHIBITORS IN A SIMULATED CONCRETE PORE WATER SOLUTION

by

Wioleta A. Pyc

Master's Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Virginia Tech in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

Master of Science

in

Civil Engineering

Approved

Richard E. Weyers, Chair
John G. Dillard
James P. Wightman

February 14, 1997
Blacksburg, Virginia


Abstract

Performance Evaluation of Epoxy-Coated Reinforcing Steel and Corrosion Inhibitors in a Simulated Concrete Pore Water Solution Wioleta A. Pyc Richard E. Weyers, Committee Chairman Department of Civil Engineering


Abstract

Three epoxy-coated reinforcing steel (ECR) types removed from job sites, one shipped directly from the coater's plant, three commercial corrosion inhibitors, and one ECR plus a corrosion inhibitor were evaluated as reinforcing steel corrosion protection systems against chloride induced corrosion. The three corrosion inhibitors were calcium nitrite, an aqueous mixture of esters and amines, and a mixture of alcohol and amine. The ECR was tested in two groups, 0% and 1% coating damage. Corrosion protection performance was evaluated by the amount of visually observed blister surface area, for the ECR, and corroded surface area, for the tested corrosion inhibitors. Results of the ECR testing demonstrated that coating debondment and corrosion of ECR is directly related to the amount of damage present in the coating, as well as coating thickness. For the bare steel tested with and without corrosion inhibitors, the results showed that corrosion increases with increasing chloride concentrations. Corrosion inhibition characteristics were demonstrated only by the calcium nitrite corrosion inhibitor. A corrosion protection evaluation test was developed for concrete corrosion inhibitor admixtures. The test solution is a simulated concrete pore water. Corrosion is accelerated by evaluating the temperature to field conditions of 40 C. The test consists of a 7 day pretreatment period followed by a 90 day test period. The corrosive sodium chloride is added to the solution containing the bare or epoxy-coated reinforcing steel specimens after the 7 day pretreatment period. In addition, the solution is periodically saturated with oxygen.

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