Effect of Construction Joint Preparation on Corrosion of Reinforcing Bars under Atmospheric Environment

T. U. Mohammed, H. Hamada

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A detailed investigation on corrosion of steel bars in concrete at construction joints with different joint preparation was carried out. For this cylindrical specimens with joint at the mid-height were made and exposed to the atmospheric environment for 2S years. After 25 years of exposure, the specimens were tested for carbonation depth. and electro-chemical and physical evaluation of corrosion on the steel bars at the joint region. The results conclude that to enhance long-term durability, laitance from the surface of the joints is necessary to be removed. After brushing-off the laitance, the application of a mortar coating is found to be very effective for long-term durability. Latex past coating also shows better performance than epoxy. The application of an epoxy coating without brushing-off the laitance shows the worst performance. The application of epoxy after brushing-off the laitance shows the strongest bond strength. it did not, however, show good performance against carbonation and corrosion of steel bars at the joint. Generally, the joint plane is carbonated and carbonation from moves along the steel bars. The cases without treatment for the laitancc show a higher carbonation depth along the steel bars through the joint. Corroded area at these joints was also higher.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th CANMET/ACI
Subtitle of host publicationDurability of Concrete
EditorsV.M. Malhotra
PublisherAmerican Concrete Institute
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780870311130
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event6th CANMET/ACI International Conference on Durability of Concrete - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: Jun 1 2003Jun 7 2003

Publication series

NameAmerican Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication
ISSN (Print)0193-2527


Conference6th CANMET/ACI International Conference on Durability of Concrete

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science


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