Corrosion of Steel in Concrete – Potential Monitoring and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy during Corrosion Initiation and Propagation

Andre Küter, Thomas O. Mason, Mette Rica Geiker, Per Møller

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Abstract

A reinforced mortar specimen that allows potential measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) immediately after preparation was designed and tested. The specimen consists of a mortar cylinder with a central rebar and a concentric arrangement of embedded Ru/Ir activated titanium wires. The wires can act as both reference and counter electrode during EIS and, thus, no external electrode is required. The defined geometry solves reproducibility problems involved with application of an external reference electrode for EIS. Changes of the electromotive force (EMF) between rebar and titanium wires can be monitored immediately after preparation. The wire arrangement also allows investigation of local changes in the bulk mortar by EIS or by measuring the potential development of the titanium wires versus an external standard electrode. The specimen design was evaluated in an investigation on the effect of the steel quality and the steel surface properties on initiation and propagation of chloride-induced reinforcement corrosion. Besides untreated (as received) carbon rebars and stainless rebars, selected surface treatments and galvanization were investigated. The surface treatments included grit blasting, electrochemical and hydrochloric acid cleaning (HCl) as well as weathering. The results indicate that the investigated treatments of the carbon steel surface have no major effect on the initiation period, which was approximately 20 days under the actual conditions. The galvanized rebar appears to be protected throughout the experimental period to date (200 days), whereas active corrosion of the stainless steel appeared to be initiated after 100 days exposure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEurocorr 2005, The European Corrosion Congress : Book of Abstracts
Number of pages710
Place of PublicationLisbon, Portugal
PublisherRolo & Filhos Lda
Publication date2005
Edition1.
Pages338-338
ISBN (Print)972-95921-1-X
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventEUROCORR 2005 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 Sep 20059 Sep 2005

Conference

ConferenceEUROCORR 2005
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period08/09/200509/09/2005

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Küter, A., Mason, T. O., Geiker, M. R., & Møller, P. (2005). Corrosion of Steel in Concrete – Potential Monitoring and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy during Corrosion Initiation and Propagation. In Eurocorr 2005, The European Corrosion Congress: Book of Abstracts (1. ed., pp. 338-338). Rolo & Filhos Lda.