The influence of a hydrophobic admixture based on silane on the corrosion resistance of steel reinforcement in concrete was studied. Sound or deliberately pre-cracked concrete specimens were manufactured with w/c of 0.45 and 0.80, both in the presence and in the absence of silane. The specimens were fully immersed in a 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution. The results, in terms of electrochemical measurements, visual observations, and weight loss measurements of steel reinforcement, show that silane blocked corrosion process in uncracked concrete specimens. On the other hand, in cracked concrete specimens, corrosion of steel reinforcements was unexpectedly more severe in hydrophobic specimens rather than in the corresponding not hydrophobic ones. It is believed that oxygen, which is needed to feed the corrosion process, diffuses faster in a gaseous phase through the open concrete porosity in the hydrophobic concrete, whereas in concrete without silane, oxygen diffuses much more slowly through the water filling the pores of the saturated concrete.

The effect of silane-based hydrophobic admixture on corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete / Tittarelli, Francesca; Moriconi, Giacomo. - In: CEMENT AND CONCRETE RESEARCH. - ISSN 0008-8846. - STAMPA. - 38:11(2008), pp. 1354-1357. [10.1016/j.cemconres.2008.06.009]

The effect of silane-based hydrophobic admixture on corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete

TITTARELLI, Francesca
;
MORICONI, GIACOMO
2008-01-01

Abstract

The influence of a hydrophobic admixture based on silane on the corrosion resistance of steel reinforcement in concrete was studied. Sound or deliberately pre-cracked concrete specimens were manufactured with w/c of 0.45 and 0.80, both in the presence and in the absence of silane. The specimens were fully immersed in a 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution. The results, in terms of electrochemical measurements, visual observations, and weight loss measurements of steel reinforcement, show that silane blocked corrosion process in uncracked concrete specimens. On the other hand, in cracked concrete specimens, corrosion of steel reinforcements was unexpectedly more severe in hydrophobic specimens rather than in the corresponding not hydrophobic ones. It is believed that oxygen, which is needed to feed the corrosion process, diffuses faster in a gaseous phase through the open concrete porosity in the hydrophobic concrete, whereas in concrete without silane, oxygen diffuses much more slowly through the water filling the pores of the saturated concrete.
2008
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