Measurement of loss of steel from reinforcing bars in concrete using linear polarisation resistance measurements

D. W. Law, J. Cairns, S. G. Millard, J. H. Bungey

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    The measured weight loss data for a number of mild steel bars contained in Portland Cement concrete, together with predicted weight loss values monitored using potentiostatically controlled linear polarisation resistance (LPR) measurements are reported. Three sets of reinforced concrete specimens, each containing electrically isolated mild steel bars, were subjected to either chloride-induced corrosion, carbonation-induced corrosion a control nitrogen rich environment with minimal corrosion. Each set of specimens was initially exposed to a 22-hour dry, 2-hour wet controlled environment for a duration of between 1026 and 1085 days. This was later changed to a 6-day dry, 1 day wet cycle for the carbonation exposure specimens after the initial set of gravimetric testing. The weight loss for each bar due to corrosion was recorded. Instantaneous LPR measurements were also taken on each bar at regular intervals throughout the exposure period. These resistance measurements were then integrated over the exposure period to estimate total weight loss. The results show that weight loss evaluated from experimental LPR measurements gives a significant over-estimate of the weight losses measured gravimetrically. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)381-388
    Number of pages8
    JournalNDT and E International
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004


    • Corrosion
    • Durability
    • Linear polarisation resistance
    • Non-destructive testing
    • Reinforced concrete
    • Weight loss measurements


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