Coupling limit states of corrosion initiation and corrosion induced crack opening - sensitivity analysis of model parameters

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    A normal approach to the Service Life Design of reinforced concrete will typically consider the limit state of corrosion initiation as the defining durability limit state. Rarely are other limit state considered such as corrosion propagation or corrosion induced cracking and spalling due to the greater uncertainties in the models that describe the deterioration mechanisms. Most models capture the process of the initial phase of degradation. These models disregard the actual damage, i.e. the corrosion of the reinforcing steel. As a result, the Service Life Design established to date only considers the end of the initiation phase of the degradation process, or, in other words, the onset of damage (time of depassivation or onset of corrosion) as a critical limit state. Corrosion and its consequences are not considered, which may lead to a substantially shorter estimated service life of the structures. Comprehensive investigations were recently undertaken on the depassivation of steel reinforcement and on crack formation in concrete which have resulted in an analytical prediction model for corrosion-induced cracking occurring in the surface zones of structural components. This paper presents a sensitivity study of the main model parameters for the corrosion induced cracking when coupled to the chloride induced corrosion initiation model.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational RILEM Conference Materials Systems and Structures in Civil Engineering 2016 (MSSCE 2016) on Fresh Concrete
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings pro115
    EditorsLars N. Thrane, Claus Pade, Oldrich Svec, Nicolas Roussel
    PublisherRILEM Publications
    ISBN (Electronic)978-2-35158-185-8
    ISBN (Print)978-2-35158-184-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventMaterials, Systems and Structures in Civil Engineering - Technical University of Denmark DTU, Lyngby, Denmark
    Duration: 15 Aug 201629 Aug 2016


    ConferenceMaterials, Systems and Structures in Civil Engineering
    Abbreviated titleMSSCE 2016


    • chloride ingress
    • freeze-thaw
    • finite element modelling
    • mesoscale model
    • transport mechanism


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