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Title: Effect of reinforcement corrosion on structural concrete ductility.
Author: Du, Yingang.
ISNI:       0000 0001 2426 2863
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2001
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This thesis presents the experimental and analytical results to investigate the effect of corrosion on the mechanical properties of reinforcing bars and concrete beams, with particular reference to their ductility. In the experimental works, specimens were electrochemically corroded, before they were loaded to failure. In the finite element analysis, the corrosion of reinforcement was modelled as either internal pressure or radial expansion around corroded bars. The study indicates that the amount of corrosion to cause cracking at the bar and concrete surfaces almost linearly increased with the bar diameter and ratio of cover to diameter, respectively. No matter whether concrete cover c increased or bar distance S decreased, once the ratio of S / c became less than 2.5, corrosion cracks first propagated internally between the bars and caused delamination. Although corrosion did not alter the shape of force-extension curves substantially, it decreased bar strength and, especially, ductility greatly. Furthermore, although the reductions of strengths were identical, the ductility of bars corroded in concrete decreased more rapidly than that of bare corroded bars. Corrosion decreased beam strength and altered its ductility and failure mode. When the cracking of compressive concrete or the reduction of tensile bar area dominated beam response, corrosion increased beam ductility and caused a beam to fail in a less brittle and even ductile manner. When the deterioration of bond strength or the reduction of steel ductility controlled beam behaviour, however, corrosion decreased beam ductility and led the beam to fail in a less ductile and even brittle manner. There is a concern regarding the ductility of reinforcing bars and under-reinforced beams if the amount of corrosion exceeds 100/0, since bar ultimate strain decreased below the minimum requirements prescribed in the Model Code 90 for situations requiring high ductility.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Durability; Cracking; Deterioration; Residual strength