Effects of sustained loading and corrosion on the performance of reinforced concrete beams

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Jin, R (2018). Effects of sustained loading and corrosion on the performance of reinforced concrete beams. Construction and Building Materials. 169, pp. 179-187.
AuthorsJin, R
Abstract

This paper presents an experimental investigation on the behaviour of reinforced concrete (RC) beams
under simultaneous loading and reinforcement corrosion. Corrosion of reinforcements within beams
were created by an accelerated method using a 5% NaCl solution combined with a constant impressed
current. Three different corrosion durations at 5, 10 and 20 days and four levels of sustained loading at
0, 15%, 30% and 60% of ultimate loading capacity were applied to the beams. Totally 13 RC beams were
tested to examine the corrosion of reinforcements, cracking of beams, and structural behaviour of the
corroded beams. Test results indicate that corrosion of reinforcements increases with the sustained loading
but undergoes an initially increasing rate followed by a decreasing rate. Higher loading level and
longer corrosion period are prone to cause the brittle failure of RC beams. Increasing the sustained loading
extends the longitudinal crack but not the crack width. The joint effects of sustained loading and corrosion
duration, compared to the single effect of either one factor, are more significant on the
performance of RC beams in terms of corrosion of reinforcements, failure mode, ultimate loading capacity,
and deformation ability. At a higher sustained loading level, beams’ ultimate loading capacity and
deformation ability decrease more significantly with the corrosion periods. It is also found that a lower
loading increases the flexural stiffness of RC beams, but a higher loading level instead decreases it.

KeywordsCorrosion; RC beam; Sustained loading; Corrosion period
Year2018
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Journal citation169, pp. 179-187
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0950-0618
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.02.199
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Deposited01 Jun 2020
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