The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 56 (1978) > Issues > Issue 3 > Corrosion of Reinforcing Steel in Concrete and its Relation to Cracking
Name of File 3804-56-03.pdf cached at 11/12/2017 15:35:45 - with 5 pages. pdfPath: E:\k9.istructe.org\CMS\webtest\files\0c\0c87363d-cbe8-4901-815e-d99da64534fb.pdf. thumbPath: E:\k9.istructe.org\CMS\webtest\files\pdfthumbs\0c87363d-cbe8-4901-815e-d99da64534fb_1.png. objDoc: 1 - True. objPreview.Log: . strFileName: 0c87363d-cbe8-4901-815e-d99da64534fb_1.png

Members/subscribers must be logged in to view this article

Corrosion of Reinforcing Steel in Concrete and its Relation to Cracking

This paper reviews the evidence arising from exposure tests on reinforced concrete members relating to the influence of cracking on corrosion. This evidence gives no reason to conclude that any relationship exists between crack width and corrosion. This result is confirmed by considerations of the chemistry of corrosion of steel in concrete and the physical nature of cracks. However, it is pointed out that the exposure test data currently available are mostly derived from tests of situations that experience shows do not pose any significant corrosion risk. Suggestions are made as to the direction which the search for a more logical approach to design against corrosion might take. A.W. Beeby